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Monte Durham Wedding traditions un-veiled and repurposed

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Every bride wants a wedding as special as the love they share with their fiancé – one that is the singular greatest! She dreams of a wedding that inspires and moves guests while creating memories that will be cherished for all the years to come. The exclusivity of destination weddings and the events surrounding them, offer that level of enchantment; which I suppose is why roughly 1 in 4 brides consider her wedding “destination!” Falling in love and planning a wedding is a crazy adventure in and of itself. But for the thrill seeking couples who are looking at their wedding as a time to explore, go wine-tasting, enjoy local food and the authenticity of an unfamiliar town and culture – all with your dearest loved ones in tow – a destination wedding is the perfect solution. One that, with a little planning and a lot of dreaming, can be executed seamlessly! This issue of Beautiful Bride Magazine offers you the latest destination wedding trends, as well as tips from the pros, on what to do (and what not to do) to pull off a destination wedding and picturesque honeymoon. From inspiring vision boards, to every step in the planning – we’ve got you covered!

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Whether your planning your enchanted European destination wedding or your tropical honeymoon escape to the Cayman Islands, here are my top tips for traveling:


Consider a travel agent. An experienced travel agent will not only find you the prefect locations and activities, they can also get you the best deals.


Pack lightly. Wedding gown, bathing suits and some lingerie and you’re set! Visit page 80 for a few more honeymoon must-haves.


Put everything in your maiden name. It may seem cute to purchase your plane ticket in your new married name, but if you’re leaving right after the wedding, you won’t have time to legally change your name.


Update your Passport! Make sure your passport isn’t expired (or won’t expire within the next 3 months) some countries won’t accept a passport that is close to expiring.

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Wax! Nothing is more annoying than having to do any up-keep while traveling.

Get a mani/pedi. You might want to consider a gel mani/pedi, as it will last longer. Lean toward neutral colors as they are less likely to show chips.


Skip the perfume. Not only is perfume difficult to travel with, it also attracts mosquitos.

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Register your trip. Have your guests pitch in to your once-ina-lifetime experience. This an amazing way to “splurge” on activities you might never have afforded before!

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8-row freshwater pearl Bracelet with antique chandelier crystal “tassel” By Karen Lindner Designs $550,


Considered the most convenient and practical wine stopper/preserver combo, this one-piece bottle stopper with a built in vacuum pump that “stops air” from entering the bottle and removes oxygen from within the bottle to help prevent wine from spoiling. $19.99,

Round Paper Lantern – Caribbean Blue and Plum These decorative paper lanterns add an incredible new dimension to any wedding décor $1.98

“A Heart to Carry” Purse Valet with Gift Packaging

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Antique Style Key Bottle Opener in Gift Packaging This is not only a practical favor but it is a great addition to any classic or vintage wedding $2.50 ea

Round Paper Lantern – Caribbean Blue and Plum These decorative paper lanterns add an incredible new dimension to any wedding décor $1.98,

Brushed Silver Pocket Watch

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Wedding Talk with

David Tutera

“Stop trying to solve the world with unusual gifts!�

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edding favors to me, are the last on the list of things to budget for. Unfortunately it’s typically one of the first things brides tend to purchase - because it’s easy to go online and find a wedding favor. I don’t believe in them needing to be a necessity, I believe in them being something that, if you have the funds to do them, awesome! But at the end of the day, how many people take home the favors, leave them in the car, hotel, don’t want to take them, and there’s $1,0002,000, sometimes more, wasted! Save the money! Use it towards something else that’s going to be more spectacular, and don’t feel obligated to do favors. People are not expecting them! To overcome any guilt, send a thank you note after the wedding. I explain to my brides, depending if they do videography, you could do a 3-minute edit of your wedding, put it in a card, and send it as a thank you. You could do a great photo with a thank you card. I am fine with just a thank you card! If your wedding is awesome and great, not tons of money spent, but it’s intimate or it’s got a story, and you feel the love or you feel the experience, a favor doesn’t make that wedding a great wedding.

no! If you’ve got the time and you want to personalize that gift to each person (their style or their personality) awesome! Traditional things for guys are tie tacks, money clips, cuff links; all of these things are wonderful things to give. You could even do a mini-iPod shuffle. There are many things you can do for your wedding party that are usable for them! Jewelry that you give the girls, of course is always safe. And of course, you can give the girls a great pair of shoes! My line of bridal shoes is very affordable. These are shoes they can wear beyond the day of the wedding. I think everyone’s trying to solve the world with unusual gifts, and I think when you walk away from the wedding and someone’s using something far beyond the walk down the aisle, that’s the gift itself. David Tutera is an American celebrity wedding planner, bridal fashion designer, designer, author and professional speaker. He is the host of WE tv’s show, My Fair Wedding with David Tutera and the author of seven books. He recently expanded his brand two include a footwear and accessories collection.  For more information visit

Bridal party and gifts for your parents are different. These are typically more personal and thoughtful, a great way to show your gratitude. Do you have to get the same thing for every gal in the bridesmaid party, | 13

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GettingS t a r t e d planning makes perfect

Team Wedding

Planning your wedding can be one of your most enjoyable experiences and should be a very special time in your life. However, for many, it becomes one of the most stressful events they’ll ever experience. It all depends on your planning and those who help you plan. If reducing your stress is important, or taking the time to work out all the details isn’t available, consider hiring a professional wedding planner. The guidance provided, along with the professional experience, attention to detail, supervision and articulation, will seem indispensable on your big day— the day it all comes together. Mom is great, your best friends are always there, but a true wedding planner can do it all in a professional and timely manner. They work diligently to make sure that their clients’ weddings will be a success. Plus, wedding planners are prepared for last-minute preparations that are often overlooked by the busy bride. They usually carry an emergency kit and have everything from an extra bible to a water bottle and even an emergency sewing kit.

Marriage License Details

Trying It on Your Own

If you are the “planner” type and choose to do it yourself, you will want to keep this magazine close and use it every day. We feature many expert vendors within these pages that offer an incredible amount of help. You will want to use the planning tools inside and be sure to visit our website for even more help at If you are lucky enough to have been offered help by friends and family members, take it. There are so many details to attend to that it can easily become overwhelming, and you may need all the help you can get. Whichever way you choose to go, do not forget to focus on what it all means instead of just the actual event. Yes, the wedding is important, but you should always keep in mind that you are marrying your best friend and starting a life together.

Marriage license requirements vary from state to state. Check your state or local government’s websites. You need to keep an eye out for how long the license is valid: Some may only be valid for only a few days after being issued. You need to factor this into your planning timeline. Before setting out for your license to wed, find out the paperwork requirements. Do you need just a photo ID or will you need an original birth certificate? Do you need divorce papers, if this isn’t a first marriage? 14 |

Changing Your Name If you are wishing to keep your name, it’s easy: do nothing! If you are planning to hyphenate or take your husband’s name, there are some steps you will need to take. Once you receive your official marriage license, start with Social Security and then your local Department of Motor Vehicles. From there, you can change credit cards, utilities and all others. Keep this checklist of officials and agencies that must be notified of your change in status. Name Change Checklist

Bank (Checking, Savings, Loans) Bills (Utilities, Car Payment, etc.) Credit Cards

Insurance (Home, Car, Health, Life)

Motor Vehicle Registration Personal (Friends, Dr. Office, Business Cards, etc.) Passport Social Security University/School Voter Registration

Your Wedding Planner Interview your wedding planner as you would for any job and check their references. Find one that matches your personality and you enjoy being around. Ask for the names and numbers of their last three brides as references.

Check the fee for obtaining your license and the accepted forms of payment. Some places may only accept cash. If you are under 18, check the age requirement. A parent may need to sign for you. Another thing to factor into your planning timeline is a potential waiting period. Once you apply, most states will give you the license on that day. Others, you may have a waiting period. Blood tests are no longer required in most states, but it is something you will want to double check just in case.

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WeddingT i m e l i n e a month by month guide At the time of engagement …

or holiday weekend wedding.


5 - 6 months before your wedding …


* *

Announce your engagement. Tell your friends and family the good news. Establish your budget and talk with anyone who may be contributing to your wedding. Start working on a guest list. This will help as you plan your budget. Buy or make an organizer. At a minimum, you should keep track of appointments, payments, invitations, gifts and thank you notes.

9 -12 months before your wedding …

Have engagement photos taken. This will prove valuable if you are sending out invitations for an engagement party or a save the date. * Decide on the date for the big day. * Decide on the style of wedding you want. Is it formal or informal? * Reserve location for your ceremony and meet with your officiant. * Reserve a reception site and sign the contract. * Decide on a maid of honor, best man and wedding party. * Interview and then select your photographer, videographer, florist, caterer and entertainment. * Book a wedding consultant. *

6 - 9 months before your wedding … *

* * * * * * * *

Shop for your gown, bridal party attire and set dates for fittings. Select and register your gift preferences at your local stores or online. Select a bakery for wedding cake. Select a travel agent and start planning your honeymoon. Select and order invitations and other wedding stationary. Book your wedding day hair and makeup appointments. Finalize your guest list. Set dates for bridal showers and other parties, if your attendants offer to throw them. Mail save-the-dates, especially if you’re having destination

* Order your invitations, thank you cards, guest book and other personalized items. * Confirm dates and arrangements (reception site, caterers, florists, honeymoon, photographer, videographer, wedding cake, wedding dresses). * Have a trial run for hair and makeup. * Discuss rehearsal dinner with your fiancé and select the restaurant. * Order wedding rings. * Check for marriage license requirement laws. * Hire wedding-day transportation.

3 - 4 months before your wedding … * *

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Address and mail out invitations for out-of-state guests. Make an appointment for you and your bridesmaids on the wedding day to get hair and nails done. Finalize honeymoon plans. Arrange accommodations for outof-town guests. Have programs, menus and escort cards printed. Order wedding bands, have them engraved and sized. Select ceremony and reception music. | 15

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WeddingT i m e l i n e a month by month guide 1 - 2 weeks before your wedding … * * * * * * * * * * * *

Final confirmation of all services. Get necessary forms for a name change. Pick up wedding rings, making sure they fit. Contact guests that have not responded. Provide reception site/caterer with total guest count. Plan seating arrangements. Break in your wedding shoes. Pick up marriage license. Pack for honeymoon; don’t wait until the last moment. Remind attendants of rehearsal dinner. Give the bridesmaids a party or luncheon. Bride and bridesmaids take a day to relax at the spa and be pampered.

The Wedding Day *

* *

Eat so you don’t faint, and breathe. Allow enough time for hair, makeup and nail appointments. Don’t forget rings and marriage license.

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The Bride’s Wedding Day

Emergency Kit

Baby Powder Blot Paper for Shiny Skin Brush/Comb Cotton Balls Clear Nail Polish Dental Floss/Tooth picks Earring Backs Emery Board Hair Pins and Ties Hair Spray Hem Tape Lint Brush Lipstick/Gloss Makeup & Brushes for Touch-ups Mints/Breath Spray Mirror Nail Polish in the Color of Your Manicure Perfume Q-tips Sewing Kit Allergy Pills Antacid Aspirin Band-aids Bottled Water Contact Solution Corsage Pins Double Stick Tape Eye Drops Gas Relief Hand/Body Lotion Matches - you never know when the unity candle won’t light

Medications Moist Towelettes Mouthwash Nail Clipper Nail Glue Safety Pins Scotch Tape Small Scissors Smelling Salts - in case anyone passes out Snacks - granola bars, etc. to help you get through the morning Spot & Stain Remover Static Cling Spray Straight Pins Straws - you don’t want to ruin your lipstick on your prewedding champagne do you? Tampons/Feminine Products White Chalk - to cover up

dirt stains on your gown Wrinkle Release Spray


Driver’s License

Room Key

Cell Phone


Family Phone Numbers

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Invitations& F a v o r s personalizing your wedding The Proper Invitation Like every element of a wedding, you want the wedding invitations to be perfect. The following guidelines will ensure that happens. Invitations are the first impression that guests will get for your wedding. It sets the style and tone of your event. Invitations should be in your choice of ink color and font style, with these five components: • A lined inner envelope to coordinate with the ink color. • An outer envelope with the return address printed on the flap in matching ink and font style. • A reception card including reception site address and time. • A response card with a date that you are comfortable with and a pre-printed envelope that you will stamp for them to return. • A coordinating thank you note with your names or monogram on the front. When, What and How Many Wedding invitations should be sent out three months in advance for the outof-town guests and six weeks for your in-state guests. When ordering invitations, order based on the number of addresses you have, not the number of guests. One invitation can be sent for an entire household. Invitation Etiquette If your wedding is planned 9-16 months in the future, a Save the Date card/ magnet is an excellent way to let guests know about the big day. This concept is especially helpful for out-oftown guests that need to make travel arrangements and vacation plans. They also can be more fun than formal, letting your personalities shine through with a catchy phrase or a great engagement photo of the two of you. Save the Dates are excellent for keeping your guests informed, and they also serve as terrific keepsakes!

Common Mistakes in Wedding Invitations

Unfortunately, preventable mistakes can happen. Plan ahead to avoid following mistakes:

Insufficient Postage Put together a complete, mail-ready invitation, then take it to the post office and have it weighed. You’ll find out exactly how much postage is required for each invitation. Not Ordering Extra Invitations/Envelopes When you place your order for invitations or paper, you should order 25 extras. That way you’ll have them when they are needed. Think: last-minute additions and addressing mistakes. It can be very costly to place another order for just a few invites. Even if you don’t need them, you can always hold onto them as keepsakes of your special day. Ordering Invitations Late The rule of thumb for invitation ordering is that you should place your order six months before the day of the wedding. If you don’t make that deadline, you need to place your order as soon as possible, otherwise you may not have your invitations ready in time to mail them (six to eight weeks prior to the wedding date). If you can’t get your order in at six months, consider choosing very simple invitations (i.e., simple flat cards) that don’t require much assembly. Content Mistakes There are ways to protect yourself from this situation. First, print out a copy of exactly what you want all of your stationery to say. Once you have your final draft, ask several people proofread the content. People can misspell their own name when stressed; you can never be too safe. Not Setting an RSVP Deadline Set an RSVP deadline and have that

deadline printed on the response card. Ideally, the deadline should be set at least two weeks before the wedding date. People should know by then whether or not they can attend. If you have not received responses from some of your guests by that date, it’s acceptable to have someone call to ask whether or not they plan on attending.

Wedding Favors Make your wedding as unique and special as the two of you are by adding wedding favors that can provide the perfect touch to the reception! You can carry out a theme, express a sentiment of gratitude and give your guests the ideal memento of your wedding day. The options for favors are truly endless. They can be very affordable or extremely extravagant, edible or traditional. Any way you go, your guests will appreciate that you took the time to think of them on your special day! Finding Wedding Favor Ideas Many brides are unsure of where to begin when it comes to choosing wedding favors. Initially you should note down the style or theme of your wedding. That may give you a good starting point to work from. For instance, a medieval theme could call for a velvet pouch of gold foil chocolate coins or a beach wedding would call for something with a seashell design or nautical feel. But if you are still devoid of ideas, ask some of your family and friends for inspiration. They may have been to a wedding recently and can tell you the wedding favors they were given there. Or they may be able to give you some ideas on how to tie your favors in with your wedding style, colors or theme. Don’t forget ideas from wedding planning guides, bridal magazines and the Internet. All these sources will be packed with advice, tips and ideas for your wedding favors. You can search through articles, features and real wedding stories for inspiration. | 17

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Gift R e g i s t r i e s time to shop So Many Options

The wedding registry is the best way to guide guests as to what you would like for your wedding. It is a way to get everything you need to start out your new life together. Today’s bridal registries go beyond the traditional ideas. They now include “Honeymoon Registries,” “New Home Registries” and even “Charity Registries” where guests are invited to make a donation toward the bride and groom’s favorite charity. Brides and grooms today have new and different needs and wishes. So create your own registry and enjoy! You should start your gift registry six to nine months before your wedding date. It is always good to register at more than one store, as well as register online. Make sure you find out how to keep track of your registry and keep it updated between your showers and actual wedding.

Registry Points

Register for Big Ticket Items: A number

of your guests may team up and get you a group gift. Be sure to include big ticket items on your registry to ensure guests have this option.

Register at More than One Store: This

allows you to add some variety to your registry, and make it more convenient for guests who may not have access to the one store you select.

Prepare Yourself Before Entering the Store: Create a checklist of items you

will be looking for, and make a few scouting trips before you set out with the scanner gun.

Take Note

It is never appropriate to include your gift registry information with your wedding invitations. It is best spread by wordof-mouth by your wedding entourage,

your family and close friends. The word-of-mouth practice should also be used if you are requesting donations to charities instead of gifts or requesting no gifts at all. Thank you notes must be sent within three months of the wedding—and the groom is expected to share in the responsibility of writing them. Thank you notes must be handwritten and sent immediately for those gifts that were sent via mail or delivery service— including those received prior to your wedding date. Each note should be written by only one person and signed by only one person, but should mention the thanks of the other. Send thank you notes not only to those that sent gifts, but also to family, friends and vendors that contributed their time, expertise and effort in planning and organizing your wedding.

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Randy “

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It’s really about finding the dress you love and making it work for where you are getting married.


et me tell you, I have seen three weddings on the beach three years in a row (in Grand Cayman in May and June). One bride wore a Pnina Tornai gown covered in rhinestones on the beach. The next wedding I saw, the bride was in a Carolina Herrera satin gown, with threedimensional petals swirling about the entire gown. And the last gown I saw was Oscar de le Renta. These are not gowns that you would think of for a destination wedding dress. And that is what brides are doing: they are wearing dresses to reflect their style, not the location. Just because you are getting married on a beach, that doesn’t mean you have to wear a chiffon slip dress. Wear the dress that makes you feel the most comfortable. That being said, I wouldn’t recommend a heavy, long-sleeved satin gown with a ball gown skirt in the heat of August, on the beach in Mexico!

hang a chandelier in the middle of that barn and it is going to work. And she did and it worked!

A girl got married in a barn and she went from salon to salon looking for a gown, and ended up in tears. She could not find a dress she liked. I asked her what the problem was and she said she couldn’t find a dress; she was getting married in a barn. I asked her what he would wear if she wasn’t getting married in the barn. She told me that she liked sparkle and bling and glitz. So I went a pulled a solid jeweled encrusted bolero jacket and a solid jewel-encrusted bodice with a pick-up skirt by Monique Lhullier.

There is always an exception to the rule. Just like Kate Middleton. I always say not to wear your hair down with lace or a high-neck gown. Kate Middleton was perfection. She said that reason she left her hair down is because she never wears it up. I want people to recognize me when I walk down the aisle. So there is your exception to the rule and how can that be wrong!

I put it on her and the tears started to flow. I said ‘this is your dress’! All you have to do is

The most important thing is finding the gown you love and feel comfortable in and then making it work. It’s really about finding the dress you love and making it work for where you are getting married. People aren’t going to be expecting that. If you walk out in this satin gown on the beach, people are going to think oh my gosh I thought she was going to wear a slip dress. This is really cool. The most important thing is finding the gown you love and feel comfortable in and then making it work.

Randy Fenoli is the Fashion Director for Kleinfeld and star of TLC’s hit show: Say Yes to the Dress. For those brides who can’t travel to New York, Randy is taking his head-to-hem bridal beauty show on the road with his new show Randy to the Rescue. Visit for more information. | 21

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Bridal A t t i r e By Nicole Traficante

Making the Right Gown Choice

You probably have been dreaming of this day ever since you were a little girl, and by now, you most likely have a good idea of what you want your dress to look like. It is nice to be open to trying on different silhouettes. When selecting wedding dresses to try on, don’t conform to what you think you should wear. We are all able to select our casual attire, but have no idea what we will look best in on our wedding day. Allow yourself 12 months to search for the perfect gown and allow up to six weeks for alterations. Being open to trying on different styles allows you to make that perfect choice. Many brides-to-be spend endless days shuffling through wedding magazines and bridal boutiques, not having the slightest clue where to begin. And, the more dresses you try on, the harder it gets. If you feel like you are talking yourself into a dress or making changes to it, then you haven’t found the one for you. Choose wisely your panel of judges when trying on gowns. Remember, you are the one who has to wear it and look at photos of it for the rest of your life. When you finally find the one, your wedding planning will take off. Usually the dress starts your design/theme to your wedding. Here are some styles that may help you narrow your search to finding your perfect gown.

Matching Styles to Figures

The trick in shopping for a wedding gown is in knowing a few things: your body shape, the shape of your gown, how it works on your body and what, if anything, can be done with that shape to make it look best on you. Short and slender – Do: You have many options, and several different styles work well. Fitted, corset-style tops with accent beading around a dropped waist with a pick-up or A-line skirt. Empire gowns with beading or detail around bust area or train, but little to no detail in bodice area. These styles elongate the body and tend to bring the eye up. 22 |

Don’t: Stay away from very full skirts that a small bride will get lost in or severe drop-waist dresses that bring the eye down. Strong mermaid styles with a large lace or detailed hem will also cut the bride off in the middle of the leg. Petite with curves – Do: A bodice that draws the waist in is beautiful for this style. Strapless or off the shoulder is fine. The waist line is very flattering and forgiving and a semi pick-up or A-line skirt will detract from the hip area. A sweetheart neckline is also nice for curvy figures. Don’t: Make sure that the gown is in proportion to the figure. Too low a waistline could make the petite bride’s legs appear short and a ball gown with a too-full skirt could overwhelm her appearance. Tall and thin – Tall and thin brides are very lucky, because just about everything looks great. Do: Sheath, mermaid, dropwaist and silhouette style dresses in silk, charmeuse or all-over lace are gorgeous with this body frame. Don’t: Stay away from too full of a skirt, because you won’t be able to see the bride in the dress. Plus size – Corset-style bodices with a detailed waist line that angles down, fuller skirts and A-line or empire gowns are a winner for plus-size girls. The princess/A-line style provides graceful lines to a fuller figure, and it allows a bride to have a full skirt without bulk at the hips. Any details that bring the eye up and accentuate the bust line are also a good choice. Plus-size girls have chosen strapless and halter-style gowns with ribbed-corsets style bodices and pickup skirts time and time again, and they always look beautiful. Be realistic and confident. Draw attention to your most positive assets and stay away from your less positive assets. There are exceptions to every rule. Remember to take assessment of your own figure and of the gown you’re

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trying on. Beyond the trim and glimmer is a shape that will help you look your best.

Suit Your Style

Traditional Ball Gown: The ball gown style is perfect for those brides envisioning a fairy tale wedding. This silhouette pairs a fitted bodice with a full skirt. The ball gown is most appropriate for large, traditional weddings where the dress will be consistent with the formality of the event. Mermaid: The mermaid silhouette contours to the body from the chest to the knee, then flares out to the hem. This is a very sexy look that highlights the curves of a woman’s body. For this reason, you must be confident and comfortable in your skin to pull off this dramatic style. A-line: The A-line dress features a shape that is fitted around the bodice and flows out to the ground, resembling the outline of an uppercase A. The dress flows fluidly from the bust to the hem with an unbroken line. Due to its classic and simple style, the A-line dress is appropriate for any occasion, from a quiet backyard gathering to a traditional church ceremony. Empire: An empire dress is defined by the raised waistline that sits just below the bust, from which the rest of the dress flows down to the hem. This style is usually paired with a square neckline

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Mom, It’s Your Day Too!

This is a very special day for you! You’re about to watch your baby stand at the altar and get married, so you need to look your best, too. Traditionally, the dresses of the mothers of the bride and groom should coordinate, keeping in mind the overall look and style of the wedding. If there are any stepmothers involved in the wedding, it’s always thoughtful to give them a call to inform them what the other mothers are wearing. Mothers typically do not wear white dresses to the wedding. It is best to stick with a neutral color or a lighter color of the bridesmaids dresses. However, each mother is entitled to dress in the style she finds most comfortable. You want to allow yourself five months in advance to order a dress and allow up to six weeks for alterations.

Gown Preservation

Your wedding day is over and you’ve run off to your honeymoon. After months of stressful planning and thousands of dollars later, it’s understandable that many newlywed brides want to forget everything about the wedding … including the precious wedding gown. But you will want to have your dress cleaned and preserved as soon as possible. You don’t want any stains to soak in and set. The typical dry cleaning and preservation will run about $150-$300. When buying your gown from a bridal salon, ask if they have any gown preservation discounts for purchasing your dress there. You should expect to have your gown back in twothree weeks. Before they box and preserve it, make sure they let you inspect the dress to ensure that all stains have been removed … or that all attempts have been made to remove the stains. At that time, give them any other keepsakes you would like preserved with the dress. Take the boxed dress home and store in a cool, dry and dark place in your house. Open the box to inspect the dress every five years or so, and your dress will be like new when the time comes to pass it down. The Bridal Party The bridal party attire should reflect your style and color scheme. When choosing a bridesmaid gown, be sure to consider all the shapes and sizes of your bridesmaids. You want to make sure everyone is

comfortable in the gown you pick. Your bridesmaids will be standing right next to you at your ceremony, and it’s especially important that their attire complements your gown. Matching accessories are a way to create a unified look and also make a great gift to your girls. Make sure that your flower girl can walk comfortably in her dress, especially if she is younger. The biggest trend in dresses for the bridal party is the wear-again dress, a gown that is not in its essence a bridesmaid dress, such as cocktail party-worthy frocks that vary from knee length to tea length.

The larger the venue and number of attendants, the softer the color shades should be. Of course, these wedding colors can be mixed and matched as well. A bride may opt for her attendants to be in soft pink while the maid of honor is in a darker shade of rose red or light purple. If opting for soft wedding colors, you don’t want to make the mistake of having your venue or dresses look washed out or faded. A bride needs to make sure that there are some stronger accent colors to tie everything together.

Also remember that the one-style-fitsall philosophy of bridal-party dressing is fairly passé, so consider dresses with various options such as hem and neckline modifications or a change in fabrics. Allow yourself six months in advance to order your dresses. Make sure you order them at the same time from the company, so that they come from the same dye lot.

The Colors of Love

The brown family of colors is closely associated with warm, nurturing foods— think of coffee, cocoa and chocolate. Brown is often seen in nature, another element of nurturing and caring. By selecting wedding colors of these darker shades, the bride may be expressing her nurturing, caring, warm side. The same could be said of the many shades of green that are fast becoming available. No longer does the bride only have the choice of mint or pale green. Bridesmaids’ dresses are being offered in stronger shades of celery, jade and emerald. Hunter and forest greens are also popular, and may be seen as strong but nurturing. Jewel tones of any color are also very popular wedding colors, especially when planning a winter or holiday wedding. When choosing colors that are of a jewel tone, a bride can even mix up the shades for her table linens—emerald green and ruby red for a December wedding, for instance. Adding some sapphire blue and shades of gold can break up the colors and still keep the venue looking festive. Of course, those brides still prefer the softer wedding colors of the pastel family have a wealth of options for them. Softer colors never go out of style, and are still seen as being romantic and even passionate. Additionally, by choosing softer colors, the bride knows that they will not overwhelm the setting or theme of the wedding. If you have a large number of bridesmaids and a huge banquet hall, choosing colors such as red and black as your accent can be too powerful, and can even cause the bride herself to get lost in the pictures!

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Three Ways to Green

Your Destination Wedding by the Green Bride Guide

Tread Lightly: A Note on Ecologically Sensitive Areas Vintage Ch iffon and Lac

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If you and your partner are very outdoorsy, you may dream of having your wedding at the foot of that amazing waterfall you hiked to last year or on a pristine cliff overlooking the ocean. While weddings of this genre are doable, they are often more disruptive to the natural flora and fauna than having a wedding in a more conventional location. Some ecological areas, like sand dunes, wetlands, and coral reefs, can be destroyed by relatively minor foot traffic. Before you make the final decision, consider choosing a more readily accessible location for your vows—there are many places where you can find an exquisite view without having a significant impact on the surroundings.

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According to the Wedding Report: 250,000 (or 10 percent of all brides) choose to have destination weddings. Whether you are having your green wedding in Hawaii or somewhere closer to home, here are some simple tips to green your event!

The carbon footprint of your wedding would include any travel, items shipped, and the carbon footprint of the vendors that you hire for your big day. Your wedding’s carbon footprint extends to any leftover items that end up in landfills such as Save the Dates, invitations, food, and flowers to name a few. Another way to offset your carbon is to plant trees. You can mark the occasion by planting them during your wedding ceremony or back at home after the wedding and honeymoon. Do More with Eco-Friendly Décor Enlist the help of an on-site green wedding planner who will work with you to create a tranquil wedding reception. John Muir, the great preservationist and founder of the Sierra Club, often likened his experiences in the mountains of California to being in church. Having a ceremony outside, surrounded by the beauty of the world on your wedding day, can be an amazing experience—and picking a beautiful setting significantly decreases the need for additional embellishment. A few popular options include beaches, forests, lakefronts, deserts, and meadows. If you do need to add a bit of décor, look for sustainably harvested wood items, use local organic flowers, collect shells, driftwood and sea glass that you can return to nature after the wedding, or use all compostable party ware products for your celebration. Visit the reception section of our Wedding Shop for more sustainable products.

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Destination weddings are often referred to as “weddingmoons,” because, in effect, you are taking your entire party on your honeymoon with you. If you are close with your family and want to have a relatively small wedding, the prospect of a wedding/group vacation combo may be very appealing. A small wedding abroad can be better for the environment than a lavish affair back home. Because all of your guests have to travel, this will increase their expenses as well as the amount of pollution generated by getting everyone there. Consider purchasing carbon offsets for yourself and all of your wedding guests when making travel arrangements. Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide emitted due to your consumption of fossil fuels.

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If you have your heart set on having a destination wedding, see what eco-retreat options are available locally. You don’t always have to fly to the Caribbean to give your guests a memorable and relaxing vacation. Every Choice Makes a Difference! Go Green!

The Green Bride Guide is a comprehensive and credible resource for eco-friendly wedding ideas, products and services. The Green Bride Guide website is published by Green Life Guides, LLC, a company that is committed to “walking the walk” (to being as green as we possibly can be). The site is a companion to The Green Bride Guide: How to Plan an Earth Friendly Wedding on Any Budget, written by Kate L. Harrison after she planned her green wedding in 2006-07. In 2009, she founded to help couples use their weddings to promote social and environmental change and support the local green economy. | 41




to Making Your Dream Destination Wedding a Reality by Renee Strauss

Years ago, I got married to my husband in Capri, Italy and I couldn’t have imagined a more incredible place for a wedding. My husband and I had a unique opportunity to see another part of the world together before settling into our new married lifestyle and I wouldn’t change having a destination wedding for the world. You might not realize it, but there are many unexpected perks to getting married abroad: you’ll reduce your guest list, you can typically stretch your dollar a bit farther and, perhaps most importantly, you’ll get to create an experience that many people can only dream of. With this in mind, here are my tips for making your worldly wedding as spectacular as it can be!

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Be sure your destination fits with your vacation lifestyle.

If you’re not a fan of the outdoors, you may not want to get married on the outskirts of the Amazon rainforest or in the hills of Nepal. Sure, certain locations might sound romantic or exotic, but they might not be right for your wedding day. When determining the best location, you want to choose the place you get married based on the type of vacation you most enjoy as a couple. You have the rest of your lives to explore the world—so it’s probably not the best idea to take a chance on an iffy locale for your wedding.

Create a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Because you’re already having a non-traditional wedding of sorts, be creative with how and where you’ll be married. For example, my husband and I leased a yacht for the day of the festivities, which we otherwise wouldn’t have done. I will never, ever forget how we sailed the Amalfi coast on our wedding day.

Decide which is more important: how many guests you have or where you go.

One of the main things you will have to take into consideration when you’re planning a destination wedding is who will be able to go—and how many people you want to have. If you’ve always envisioned getting married in front of 250 friends and family members, choosing a very remote island with limited air travel possibilities might not accommodate all of your guests. Before picking where you’ll wed, make sure you weigh the number of guests with the practicality of the destination.

Take care of your guests before they arrive.

One of the main things you will have to take into consideration when you’re planning a destination wedding is who will be able to go—and how many people you want to have. If you’ve always envisioned getting married in front of 250 friends and family members, choosing a very remote island with limited air travel possibilities might not accommodate all of your guests. Before picking where you’ll wed, make sure you weigh the number of guests with the practicality of the destination.

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Take care of your guests after they arrive.

At a regular wedding, all you really need to do to take care of your guests is give them good food, perhaps a cocktail and a seat. When you’ve asked them to travel out of the country, you need to do a bit more than that. Of course, you don’t need to treat every guest to an all-inclusive, weeklong vacation, but small gestures like a welcome bag and a dinner the night before the wedding can go a long way.

Use your destination to create a theme.

With a destination wedding, there’s no need to devise a theme for your big day—it’s already right there! Use the locale’s culture, food and music to lend a richness to your festivities. For a wedding in Italy, for example, you might have an accordion player and heaps of pasta at the reception, as well as candy-coated almonds—and Italian tradition—as your favors.

Allow your destination spot to build more anticipation for your wedding. You’ll already be looking forward to your wedding, but the planning process can be a little overwhelming at times. So, use your anticipation for the adventure of your destination wedding to get you through those tense planning meetings and to-do lists.

Create unique details to make your special day even more special. In addition to using the local culture to infuse your wedding with a sense of the destination, really make your wedding special with small touches here and there to make the experience more meaningful—and to make your guests feel even more appreciated. Because you will most likely have fewer guests than if you would if you were to have your wedding in your hometown, you can personalize the event more by giving guests additional favors like special glasses with their names on them or goodie bags to take home at the end of the night, as well as hold the event itself in a more intimate setting.

At some point, be okay with relinquishing control over the details.

Because you’ll be far away from where your wedding will take place, you won’t have the ability to check up on every detail along the way. Which is a wonderful thing! After you’ve made your decisions for location, food and décor, sit back and start dreaming of how incredible the experience will be.

Do a reverse honeymoon.

My husband and I were married in the exact spot we always dreamed we’d honeymoon at—so we took the opportunity to go early and luxuriously explore the country for a week prior to the wedding, which was an incredible way to relax and spend time together before walking up the aisle. Even if you don’t have time to go early, at the very least, you won’t have to travel post-reception to get to your honeymoon—you’re already there! Internationally renowned bridal stylist Renée Strass is one of the wedding industry’s top bridal fashion experts. She is currently starring in the hit  reality show Brides of Beverly Hills on TLC, which is now in its second season, and frequently offers her expertise and styles for film, television and commercial production. She has also owned and operated her bridal salon, now located on La Cienega, at the cusp of the famed Melrose Place in Los Angeles, for over 30 years.

Destination Wedding Styles

Garden Escape You are enchanted by the idea of being lost in a labyrinth of perfectly trimmed hedges, lush gardens that span as far as the eye can see and an old world style that transports you from your daily hustle and bustle. You are relaxed yet specific. Detailed but not overbearing. Your destination is a historic mansion or castle with perfectly manicured lawns and you want to capture all that the gardens have to offer you. Reflective surfaces give way to metallic details and blur the lines between the table and sky. Our purple and copper crackled detail and marbleized patterns are taken less seriously by coupling them with stone and cement vessels. Succulents, potted ferns and artichokes introduce a myriad of texture and colors to pull from and the natural surroundings create an unexpected detail as they reflect off of the table.

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Seaside Concepts Your love of water is the key in your destination selection. There are so many options for a waterfront wedding it may seem difficult to narrow down. Do crystal clear Caribbean waters enchant you? Or the lake you grew up on? Many of our clients are drawn to the meaning behind a place they would vacation year after year; whether that is the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the sandy beaches of Florida or you love the cliffs in the Palisades, adapting your dĂŠcor for the shore is easy to do.

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It isn’t new by any stretch, but we still love coral - the texture, the color, the uniqueness of every piece. We love using manzanita branches in a variety of ways, but one is to create large installments that seem to resemble a coral reef. We pulled this detail through to our napkins and various print materials. Other patterns that may be appealing are the ever-popular chevron, nautical ropes, or the unexpected paillettes or sequins for the more adventurous. They shimmer in the sun in a way that resembles the waves crashing down and the sun reflecting off of the water. No matter your style, this concept can be tweaked in so many ways. Design by: Magnolia Bluebird design & events Photo by: Geoff Chesman Visuals

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Natural Elegance Alfresco dining, natural elegance or a sophisticated vineyard… this concept is adaptable for the nature lovers who believe in the finer things in life. We combined rustic elements such as slate, cork, burlap, wood and moss with gold and silver detail, clean white china and delicately crafted Reidel stemware to prove that nature has a more serious side but sophistication does not have to be taken too seriously.


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Danielle Couick, CPCE is an award winning event planner whose personality, style and demeanor have often been described as “southern charm with a city twist.” She has been recognized by industry peers as a “Rising Young Event Professional Worth Watching,” and has been the recipient of national awards for her event planning and design excellence. With over 13 years of experience in various aspects of the special events industry, it is her passion for people and her eye for detail combined with little regard for status quo that allows Danielle to exceed her client’s expectations time and again. When she isn’t running her event company Magnolia Bluebird Design & Events, Danielle enjoys spending her time hosting friends and family for brunch or dinner, and scouring markets for inspiration and the next perfect detail. Magnolia Bluebird design & events offers custom, creative and unparalleled special  event planning and design  services to those who seek an educated, detailed and personal  approach for their event. “Thoughtful Design. Gracious Hospitality. Well Executed Events.”

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Preston Bailey Destination & Design Whether it’s an exotic location or just a drive back to their hometown, destination weddings provide couples with a unique experience.


hen the wedding planning begins, brides are presented with a choice of hosting their wedding in the city where they may currently live or a destination that will require some travel. Many brides today are choosing destination weddings because they wish to have a wedding that goes beyond the traditional wedding day experience. With a destination wedding, the traditional one-day event turns into a multi-day vacation experience. Destination weddings often last over the course of several days and can include activities that may not be found in the bride’s hometown. Imagine taking your bridal party on a private wine tasting in Napa, a skiing trip in the Catskills or a private snorkeling trip in Fiji. Arranged group activities bring your wedding guests together, allowing those closest to you the chance to really get to now each other. This is also a wonderful opportunity for the bride and groom to spend quality time with the guests who traveled to be with them and to witness one of the most special days

in their life. This is the perfect time to thank them with an intimate dinner, wine tasting or cocktail party. Most destination venues offer all-inclusive packages that ease logistics and amount of stress placed on the couple and their guests. Resort wedding coordinators are trained to assist with all aspects of your planning including room arrangements, transportation and even arranging for your marriage license. With a destination wedding, your event becomes a more significant experience for everyone in addition to the lovely ceremony and a nice dinner. Your guests will have not only an unforgettable wedding ceremony, but also an unforgettable vacation. Destination weddings, whether a warm and tropical locale or a major city, provide the perfect reason for anyone to take a few extra days to celebrate with you, and make a vacation out of the trip.

When planning your destination wedding, there are a few things to keep in mind such as travel time, time changes and work schedules. Be sure to give your guests advance notice with a save the date, allowing them more time to prepare both financially and to give enough notice at work for vacation time. With some advance planning you are sure to have memories to last a lifetime.

After thirty-two years in the event industry, Preston Bailey has made his mark as an artist, creating dramatic, one-of-akind dramatic spaces for events for the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump, Catherine ZetaJones, Michael Douglas, Joan Rivers, and many celebrities and royal families around the globe. His company does work worldwide. He is the author of five successful design books, and he makes frequent TV appearances ad speaks at conferences around the world. He is also an educator, and has countless art installations in places like London, New York, France, Taiwan and Jakarta. For more information, please visit: | 47

Wedding Traditions Un-Veiled and Repurposed

Monte Durham


In line with his passion for wedding history, Monte is the owner of a Jackie Kennedy wedding dress replica, holding court at the Greenbrier.

onte Durham shared some of the knowledge, advice and traditions with an eager crowd at the recent {Special Edition} San Diego Wedding Party Bridal Show. Here is a glimpse into his endless understanding and passion for the wedding industry, both past and present.

veiled in the front. So she set a whole different precedence for brides to come. Talk about a trendsetter, she really set the pace for this. And from hence on the white wedding dress wasn’t worn again, but stored and saved for their daughters to be married in them, and they became part of their heritage.

I am seeing that while a bride will want to step out of the box with her wedding, she will still stay within a box. A bride wants to be cutting edge, but remain timeless.

I love when I see things that are repurposed.

For instance, colored gowns aren’t anything new. Prior to Queen Victoria’s marriage, everyone wore red or green or royal colors, or whatever good dress they happen to have. Those gowns were sent to get repurposed. Whether that was adding more flowers to it or putting embroidery on it; they would wear those gowns throughout their lifetime, providing they could fit into them. Because it was a very formal lifestyle, they’d wear these to balls and social events. So when Queen Victoria stepped out - first of all, with a dress above her ankle, off-the shoulder, and in white - she set tones for weddings to come. White was very extravagant because there wasn’t a local dry cleaner. Not a lot of pieces were done in white or delicate fabric, because you just couldn’t take care of it, and it wouldn’t stand the test of time. Even though, she was royal it was considered opulent to have a white dress. The royals wore velvets and brocades and heavy fabrics so they would last. And here she is in a white silk gown, with flowers in her hair and not

Such as, what once was the blusher, over the face, now brides don’t use a blusher. Now it’s being called a reception veil. It’s the same length as the blusher, but they keep it on the back of their head. They’ll remove the long beaded weighted veil, and they put on these little short veils, so they still feel and look like a bride. You can pick them out of the crowd beautifully and easily with a veil on. So what was the blusher has now become the reception veil.

we were importing tulips from Holland! Everyone was simply using the backyard flowers or your grandmother’s rosegarden. So June was the most prominent month, because the flowers were at their peak. And there were all sorts of types of flowers. Plus in Victorian times, it was a time when they could actually take out all the clothing, wash it, hang it to dry, and get it ready. The clothing wasn’t washed in the winter, it’s too cold and there are no electric dryers. The point is the practical purposing of things at one time has set some of the wedding industries main traditions.

Now for flowers. June was the most popular month for weddings, and still June is a popular month, with September and October creeping up on it. But, everyone was married in June because the fields were full of fresh flowers, so you could pluck flowers to decorate the churches and the tables. This was before

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(Pictured right) Editor-in-Chief Jessie Reid of Beautiful Bride Magazine with Monte Durham at the Wedding Party Bridal Show.

Monte Durham is the Fashion Director on TLC’s hit show; Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, where he enjoys ‘jacking brides up’! He recently launched his own line of hair care “MONTE.”

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ILIA Balmy Nights Lip Exfoliator

This lip exfoliator comes in stick form, with organic ingredients blended with tiny granules or volcanic stone powder, which gently exfoliate the lips leaving a smooth, kissable surface in its place. $24,

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Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

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Designed for perfectly preened brows, the new Eyeko Brow Gel styles and defines even the unruliest brows for a natural yet polished finish $24,

The cornerstone of the Pür Minerals line, this full-coverage foundation contains pure mineral pigments ground to the smoothest texture and bound with organic shea butter and vitamin E Available $26,

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Vbeauté Lip Spread Anti-Age Hydrating Lip Glosses

Vbeauté enters color with day-to-night Lip Spread Color Glosses that enhance your glowing skin $28 each,

St. Tropez Gradual Tan PLUS Anti-Ageing Multi-Action Face Cream

This revolutionary moisturizer creates the luminous, sun-kissed St. Tropez glow we all know and love while prolonging youthful skin with hyaluronic acid and omegas 3 and 6 to boost collagen and deeply hydrate the skin $35,

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Clarisonic’s patented sonic technology oscillates back and forth with over 300 movements per second to gently massage away dirt and oil, providing 6x better cleansing than cleansing with your hands alone $199,

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Combines micro-exfoliants, natural extracts and high-grade micronized magnesium-oxide crystals to smooth, refine and polish skin’s texture. $34,, and

Geometric Print Filemates

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The product’s unique Multi-Wave technology is also able to improve the texture of skin, reduce pore size and the appearance of sun-damaged skin allowing you to look lovely all season long $249, and

Marini Instant Refining Exfoliator

Combined with potent antioxidants, the Marini Instant Refining Exfoliator combines a smooth, glowing complexion with significant anti-aging benefits $90,

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This all natural scrub delivers a daily dose of pampered, sexy skin. The essential oils create a calming, light, lemon scent to start or end your day $42,

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LookingYourB e s t bridal beauty

By Whitney Urichuk

There are many facial and skin procedures you can get done for your wedding. You want to make sure when dealing with your face that you are not altering your look too much. Take your time, think about it and consult a professional cosmetic surgeon for the best advice.

Time to Shape Up, the Big Day is Coming Soon! Don’t starve yourself a month before your wedding day. A healthy diet and regular exercise is imperative to get in, and stay in, shape. A healthy diet is low in saturated fat and full of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. Make sure you are not taking in more calories than you are burning in a day. Exercise is the best way to control that. You should plan on working out three to four times a week for an hour a day. A personal trainer or attending a bridal boot camp is very helpful in a workout routine.


Remember, there is no easy way to get into better shape without taking the right steps to get there. Many personal trainers have targeted programs for brides-to-be with a

definitive date and goal. Some are titled and known as “Bridal Boot Camp.” These intense get-in-shape programs are worth the investment for your proudest moment.

Relax and Pamper Yourself at the Spa! Feeling stressed out about your wedding? Are your muscles and nerves shot? This is your time to take a day just for yourself and go de-stress at a spa. Start off with a full body massage. Relax in a sauna and get a facial. This might be something you want to do with your bridal party also, as in “girls day out”… or you may want some well-deserved alone time to get away from all the intense planning, and take a stress break for yourself. You will never feel better and more rejuvenated than spending a day at the spa.

Skin Care The key to radiant skin on your wedding day starts with planning ahead. The last thing you want to worry about is any type of skin flaw on your big day. It is essential that in the months leading up to the wedding you are doing everything that you can to protect your skin. There are several basic rules to follow. Starting a new skin care regimen takes weeks for your skin to acclimate. If you decide to start using new products, begin the process a few months out. Every night before you go to sleep make sure to wash off your face makeup. There is nothing worse for your skin than sleeping with makeup on—dirt and bacteria are bound to cause breakouts and irritation. It is also imperative that you get rid of any old makeup that could be harboring bacteria. Wash your makeup brushes at least once every couple days to ensure that they are clean to use on your face. Exfoliate your skin with a gentle scrub

no more than twice a week to remove dead skin cells. If you decide to get a facial, it is best to do it three-five days before the wedding so that your skin has a chance to rejuvenate itself from the harsh exfoliation and extractions. And don’t forget to protect your skin: Use a sunscreen on your face every day.

Your Hair & Makeup The key to fabulous hair and makeup on your big day is feeling comfortable in the style that you choose. It is highly recommended to set up a trial run with your makeup artist and hair stylist. Tear out any photos from magazines that you like or take any celebrity photos so you can show the artist what your ideas are. If you never wear your hair up, an up-do may not be the right style for you. Or if you never wear red lipstick, this may not be the right color to compliment your look. Your makeup and hair should highlight your features, not mask or change them. When it comes to makeup, color is the secret. It’s knowing the right colors to choose and where to place them. Cheeks and lips should be accented with either a bright or warm shade of peach, berry or pink. Brown tones on the lips will wash you out in photos. For the eye makeup, neutral shades are always a safe bet; however, you can also use complimentary colors to help your eyes stand out in photos. For blue eyes, use the colors peach, gold or plum. For green eyes, use purple and pinks. For brown/hazel eyes, use green and bronze. The more comfortable you feel with your bridal look, the more confident you will be walking down the aisle and smiling for photos throughout the day!

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ften times destination weddings will take place in the great doors (after all you’ve traveled all this way for the setting). With the beauty of the nature, often comes some unruly elements – wind, humidity, heat and more. Be sure to research the weather forecast for your wedding location, to determine a hairstyle that’s right for you.


The best hairstyle for weddings in Hawaii or other tropical locations is wearing your hair half up or clipped out of the way. This will give the style longevity to last through the humidity and the entire wedding. Make sure to pack your preferred smoothing shampoo and conditioner and an anti-frizz serum.

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For retro destinations, including Palm Springs and Paris, be sure to capture the ambiance and flair with a fun and flirty updo. Boutique tourist towns allow for a little fun. Play off the atmosphere and kick up the volume and height with a beehive.

If you’re planning to have a local stylist do your hair, be sure to do a trial as soon as you arrive to your destination. This will ensure you know what to expect on your wedding day, and will give you ample time to make changes if necessary. Another option is to hire your existing hairstylist to go with you. I am sure any stylist would love the opportunity to go to a fabulous location, enjoy a free hotel room, attend a beautiful wedding, and get paid also! Ether way - be sure to bring photos of the hairstyles you are interested in. Lastly, if you or your bridesmaids are doing your hair, make sure to bring a variety of hair products. The ones you use everyday may not standup against the climate of a different location. Be aware of luggage and weight allowances. And remember to grab a travel adapter for locations outside the US.

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From Spanish vineyards to the great oldworld style in Napa, European romance can inspire your hair-do. Add drama with a voluminous-do by backcombing the entire top section of your hair and smoothing it back into a round bun at the nape of your neck. Complete the look with ornate pins or a daring hair ornament.

Your hair is a great place to incorporate some of the environment or culture into your look. For tropical locations, consider complementing your look with a shell headband! In an exotic far off land complete with rich indigenous culture?  Perhaps a headscarf or beaded wrap that befits the local natives.  And there is nothing more perfect than a floral wreath for a whimsical garden ceremony. | 55

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GroomS e r v i c e By Nicole Traficante

For the Groom-to-Be

Even though they say it’s all about the bride on your wedding day, it’s just as important for you to look handsome in your tuxedo. You will be standing next to your blushing bride all day and will want to look back and see how dapper you were dressed.

Formal Affairs

In selecting the tuxedo formal wear, keep in mind the formality of your wedding, the time of day and, of course, her gown. Use the following basic guidelines for the attire of the groom and ushers: • Consider darker colors for a fall or winter wedding and lighter colors for a spring or summer wedding. • When selecting a place to rent the tuxedo, check the reputation of the shop. Make sure they have a wide variety of designers and styles to choose from. It is very important that they have the tuxedo you are choosing in stock in case of an emergency. • Reserve tuxedos for the groom and ushers several weeks before the wedding to ensure a wide selection and to allow enough time for alterations. • Out-of-town men in your wedding party can be sized at any tuxedo shop. They can send their measurements to you or directly to the shop where you are going to rent your tuxedos. • Ask about the store’s return policy and be sure you delegate to the appropriate person (usually the best man) the responsibility of returning all tuxedos within the time allotted. • Ushers and groomsmen customarily pay for their own tuxedos.


Timeline 4-6 Months Before the Wedding: As soon as you and your bridesmaids have chosen your attire, he can start exploring options for formalwear. Most importantly: Accompany your fiancé on his trips to shop for formalwear. If he goes by himself, give him a thorough description of what you envision. 3-4 Months Before the Wedding: If he is buying a suit or tuxedo that will require extensive tailoring, or if he is having his formalwear custom made, be sure he gets fitted now. If you are getting married during a very busy wedding season, or prom time, he’ll want to reserve his rental formalwear now. 1 Month Before the Wedding: You want to make sure everyone has their measurements in one month prior to the wedding, allowing the shop enough time to have the order ready. If there are any changes since booking your party, you will need to do that at this time. 2 Days Before the Wedding: If he rented his formalwear, pick it up now. Whether he rented or purchased his formalwear, he should try on the entire ensemble to be sure everything is good to go. It’s a good idea to encourage his ushers to do the same so there are no wedding-day surprises. Out of Town Measurements: If you have a member of your bridal party from out of town and not able to arrive until your wedding, you will want to send his measurements in to your local tuxedo shop. Make sure to include your name, the groom’s name, wedding date and your contact information, along with the measurements: coat size, chest, coat in-sleeve, coat over-arm, waist, out seam, neck, sleeve, height, weight and shoe size.

Always try on the tuxedo at the first fitting and at the pickup of the rental. Don’t let any of your party take their tuxedos without trying it on. Register your wedding with a men’s formalwear specialist.

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Groom’s Personal Checklist

the formal guide

¤¤ Vows and Toast ¤¤ Toothpaste and Brush ¤¤ Tuxedo or Suit ¤¤ Hair Gel ¤¤ Wedding Rings ¤¤ Razor and Shaving Cream ¤¤ Shoes and Socks ¤¤ Money/Credit Cards/Checks ¤¤ Breath Mints ¤¤ Drivers License ¤¤ Deodorant ¤¤ Medications ¤¤ Cologne ¤¤ Contact Lenses or Glasses ¤¤ Most Important of all, Show up and Don’t be Late...

Make sure at time of fitting your party is aware of a deposit or partial payment due. Don’t order a tuxedo from a catalog. If you cannot see the tuxedo or feel the fabric at the store, you may be disappointed with what you receive.

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It Costs


How to avoid the sticker shock for your wedding.


t’s no secret that weddings are expensive. It is probably the most expensive party you will ever throw and the most money you will ever spend in one day. But with some education, time and careful planning, you can avoid wedding sticker shock.

In 2012, the average cost of a wedding was $27,483. That averages out to about $195 per guest. Keep that in mind when you want to add just one more person to the guest list.

Here is an estimate on what you can expect spend for your wedding. Not all weddings cost the same. These costs are estimates that may vary based your city, economic climate, time of wedding and other factors. ITEM




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Estimate based on 2012 average wedding spending. Keep in mind the location of your wedding as you plan. Certain metropolitan areas can—and will—have higher costs. Happy budgeting. | 57

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finding the perfect place Planning Your Ceremony Your wedding ceremony is the core of your special day, and making it perfect requires careful planning. The most important detail is where your ceremony going to take place. Will you be writing your wedding vows? What type of music will be played during your ceremony? One of the best resources for planning your wedding ceremony is to hire a planner or officiate. Remember to keep in mind that planning your ceremony should be a bonding time for the bride and groom. Selecting Your Officiate: Two essential factors to consider in selecting a wedding officiate are professional qualifications and ministry. Officiating a wedding is more than reciting words and making pronouncements. Talk to different officiates before you choose one. Ask if you can observe a ceremony they are performing in a public place. Try to get someone who will be involved with your plans. These

individuals are usually the people who will care the most about your special day. Writing Your Vows: Wedding vows are an important part of your ceremony. Wedding vows are written to declare a public commitment to your partner. When writing your vows, remember they should be no longer than two or three minutes. Exclude any embarrassing, lengthy or intimate details. The wedding vows, whether you write them or not, are the centerpiece of the ceremony. Do It Yourself Vows: If you are having a hard time coming up with your vows, sit down together and talk about why you two are getting married. Make sure that the two of you are alone and that no one is going to bother you—once you two get interrupted, it may be hard to pick up where you left off. The reasons that the two of you come up with would be a good way to start writing your wedding vows. Another good way to start is to sit and think about

what you two mean to each other. Then tell each other how you feel. He may think of something totally different about you than what you think of him. Think of different, yet meaningful statements to tell each other while you’re sitting together. Make it as easy and enjoyable as you can. Your wedding vows can consist of your fears, your hopes, your dreams and your goals. The wedding vows can also be just about your love together. It can be pretty much about anything you want it to be, as long as you’re writing it. Make sure the words are coming from your heart. Don’t forget, if you want your own voice in your vows, you can make them sentimental, lighthearted and cute, witty, simple, or short and sweet.

Traditional Vows: Yes, you can still be traditional even if you aren’t sticking to the prepared wedding vow script. If you are aiming to be very traditional, all you need to do to prepare is to look up a traditional wedding vow with phrases such as, “In the name of God,” or “From this moment, I (name) promise to take you (name), to be my wife/husband …” Once you find a traditional vow you like, rewrite it to fit your own personal feelings toward your partner. You Need Help Vows: One of the blessings of the Internet is that you can find a quote on almost everything. Soccer and marriage? Just Google it! You’ll certainly find two or three quotes that you can make fit this situation. A good metaphor can guide a marriage.

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Officiants Vows


& Music

ontemporary couples are choosing music for their wedding ceremonies that fits their personalities. Of course, if the bride and groom are religious, or if your ceremony location requires it, religious music is perfectly appropriate. Otherwise, consider adding a bit of contemporary flair to your musical selections.

Wedding Ceremony Music while Guests are Being Seated: Most guests tend to arrive 20-30 minutes before the ceremony begins so they can get good seats. Don’t leave them sitting in silence; entertain them with some witty and fun selections about love and marriage. Wedding Processional Music: Depending on the size of your wedding party, and the order of your processional, you’ll probably want two or three songs. The bride traditionally gets a song all to herself. This is really setting the stage for the ceremony and important ritual that’s about to take place, so they should have some pomp and circumstance to them. Mid-Ceremony Music: If you have friends who play music, or are hiring professional musicians for your ceremony, you might want to have them perform during the ceremony. This is particularly appropriate if you are having a unity candle ceremony or other unique element. Recessional Music: As the wedding party walks back down the aisle, choose something celebratory and upbeat that will help your guests get in the mood for dancing at the reception.

ceremony music adds just the right touch Selecting Your Ceremony Venue:

Whether it’s a classic church rich with tradition, a picturesque park with plush greenery, a romantic beach with gentles breezes or an intimate chapel with just your closest friends and family, choosing the right venue is just as important as choosing the right dress. Churches: Having your wedding in a church is the most traditional of wedding venues. It signifies your religious and spiritual commitment to your spouse and families. However, it can require advance planning in order to secure your date or if you desire to hold your wedding in a church in which you are not a member. Some churches won’t allow you to get married there if you are not a member. A church wedding may also mean that you have to follow specific rules, such as wearing certain attire for you and your guests, what type of music you can play, or not play, and how long you can stay in the venue after your wedding. A church ceremony should not require any special permits, but you will need to work closely with someone at the church on your details. Some religions require pre-marital classes or counseling, be sure to factor that into you planning timeline.

Chapels: When you say “chapel wedding” most people follow with “Vegas, baby!” Yes, Vegas is synonymous with chapel weddings, but gone are the days of cheesy ceremonies and plastic flowers. Whether the chapel is in Vegas or not, they are an intimate and elegant venue for tying the knot. They are often non-religious venues and allow for customization of the ceremony, music and can even be very liberal when it comes to bridal attire. While no permits may be required, you still need a marriage license and may need to provide your own minister. Parks: A garden or park wedding is perfect for the naturalists and nature lovers. The outdoors can provide just the right setting to create a one-of-akind wedding, with scenic views and plush greenery. Oftentimes, an outdoor wedding can come with little or no cost; however, there can be extras that you may need to supply when it comes to décor, electrical needs or bathroom facilities. When planning your event, don’t forget to look into any special permits that may be required. The last thing you would

want is to show up on your special day onto to be turned away. Beaches: Does saying your vows while barefoot in the sand sound ideal to you? Beach weddings provide romantic and breathtaking backdrops for photos. Imagine your first kiss photo in front of a golden sunset? Or saying I do at sunrise with the sound of waves in the background. Having your wedding on a beach can be beautiful, but be sure to ask about any permits that are needed and work closely with your wedding planner or décor company on the right prices. A beach wedding will come with only sand, so keep in mind that you may have to supply chairs for your guests and any other décor you would like, such as an archway or an aisle. | 59

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Schedule of Events The first step to planning a stressfree wedding reception is to write out a schedule of events in advance, with or without a planner: The receiving line is something nice to have if you are having a large wedding reception. Exchange a brief, but warm, wish as guests pass by. After a nice cocktail hour, it’s time to be introduced as husband and wife for the first time ever (often the DJ or band leader does this).

The first dance often takes place right after the wedding party is announced or after dinner. Wedding toasts and speeches can add a memorable and personal note. If there is anyone you don’t want to make a toast, be sure to let your DJ or band leader know who they are. You certainly don’t want any embarrassing or drunk toasts. Time to eat comes after the toasts. Avoid planning the cake cutting too late; guests aren’t supposed to leave before that and you don’t want them to miss it.

Toward the end of the reception would be the time to toss the bouquet and garter. It is customary for the bride and groom to leave the reception before anyone else does.

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By Joyce Scardina Becker, Wedding Designer, Events of Distinction and author of “Countdown to Your Perfect Wedding”

rides and grooms can often spend several months worth of weekends scouting out the perfect reception venue. Before you waste hours of precious planning time, take a minute to visualize your guests at your event. But just like trying on dresses … while you may have one idea in mind, you can end up with something totally different. Today there are more places and times to celebrate your nuptials than ever before. The decision about a unique reception venue for your wedding is crucial, because this becomes the canvas on which you will apply your design ideas and visions. Begin by thinking globally and clear your mind of any preconceived ideas about where you should have your

wedding. Choosing the right reception venue for your wedding is more of a science than an art. It requires careful analysis, playing the part of Sherlock Holmes, to choose a site that best suits your needs. But before venturing too far, consider the “elementary” needs of your guests. After all, it wouldn’t be much of a party if no one showed up! Now start to visualize the atmosphere for your party. Is it a captivating marble stone beaux-arts structure, a breathtaking 360-degree view of cresting waves or does a mansion graced by Persian carpets, crystal chandeliers, silk wall coverings and 18th century furniture speak to you? Your reception venue options are seemingly endless and here are some ideas to help you make that important decision. | 61

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The Jet Setters

The Modern Intellectuals

Aircraft Carrier Aircraft Hangar Cruise Ship Paddle Wheel Steam Boat Railroad Train Sailboat

Aquarium Art Museum Aviation Museum Natural History Museum Planetarium Sports Museum

For the jet-setting couple who loves to travel, enjoys adventure and globetrotting, consider some of these party venues:

“A nature- and water-loving bride would choose a yacht for her wedding. Being on the water is naturally relaxing and neither land nor air; it is a place that would also be very memorable and exciting.” -Will Candis, Classic Harbor Line Yachts in NYC

For the sophisticated and creative couple, the couple who may have studied art or world culture and the couple who has a particular interest or hobby.

“Libraries and museums often have a lot of history; most city libraries have marble floors and gorgeous staircases, ready for a great photo. Art museums boast unique architecture, and your guests will be surrounded by original art work. Museums in a city setting will often have spectacular rooftop views too.” -Stacey Halstead of Create the Moment

The Naturalists

The Foodies

Arboretum Beach Garden - Botanical, Rose Caverns Meadow / Pasture Park - City, State or National

Apple Orchard Bakery Brewery Cooking School Restaurant Winery

“If you enjoy hiking, camping, or fishing, getting married outdoors may be just your cup of tea. Whether you prefer a mountaintop, a lakeside or a meadow, wilderness areas can provide just the right setting to create a one-of-a-kind wedding. The logistics involved in planning a wilderness wedding can be huge and the cost is often higher than a city wedding.” -Glenna Tooman, Memory Makers Event Planning, LLC

“These venues are what we often call ‘open,’ meaning that at a winery they are doing tours or tastings and at a country club, you will have members who are golfing and dining. These facilities may impose some restrictions on the start time of weddings. Some may want your event to start after they have closed their retail doors to the public or their members. Be sure to keep this in mind when booking your preferred date and time.” -Angie Zimmerman, Heavenly Yours Events

For the nature lovers or the couple whose first date may have been on a hike or in a park. If you are a lover of gorgeous flower gardens, lush greenery or white sandy beaches, this is the ideal consideration for your reception.

For the foodies who love food & wine pairings and have a great taste for great tastes. The couple may have discovered this love of food together and are incorporating their love into their wedding.

Now that You Have the Venue,

Let the Party Begin!

Wedding receptions are about personality and creativity. Your wedding is not your mother’s or your grandmother’s. It’s not your best friend’s wedding, either. This is your once-in-a-lifetime event—and not an inexpensive one. Take advantage of your time in the spotlight to put together a wedding reception event that really shines. Beyond the basic banquet hall, an overwhelming array of reception site options exists. From country clubs to mansions, each sets the stage for a specific style of event. Before deciding, determine the type of wedding you would like to host. 62 |

Finding the Best Reception Site: Finding the perfect spot for your wedding reception does not have to be difficult. Make sure you know what your style is so that you can match it. The reception site must be the right size to be able to hold all your guests. If you like to party into the night, make sure there is not a noise cutoff time. Do your research before you choose a site, make appointments, tour and check out the venue and meet with the manager before you choose it. Find as many reception sites that meet your initial criteria as possible. Then schedule appointments to tour each wedding venue and meet with the manager or event planner.

___________________ wedding planner Tips for Outdoor Weddings: Heat, humidity and rain are big considerations if you plan on having an outdoor wedding. Sunset weddings tend to be the most popular when laying out the timeline of an outdoor wedding. Providing tents for your guests to shield them from the sun will be a greatly appreciated amenity. You might even consider renting misters. Having an outdoor wedding can offer great views and scenery for your guests and photos. Rental companies can provide everything you could need or imagine to put together the ultimate outdoors wedding. Planning Your Reception: Many reception and banquet coordinators will have a preset timeline for the standard wedding events. Meet with your reception planner and include, or eliminate, any events that you want or do not want at your reception. Every wedding is custom and every wedding is special. Most reception planners will accommodate to make your wedding perfect for you. Don’t be afraid to be different and make the day yours; you want your wedding day to be one that you always will remember. Reception Décor and Services: Do you want to handle every detail yourselves or hand the job over to a decorating professional? Keep in mind that the decorating will have to be done on the day of the wedding. The first impression of the reception starts at the front door. Flowers and custom ribbons or bows make an elegant way of denoting reserved seating at the ceremony. Table décor also adds to the ambience of the room. Fabrics, lighting, flowers, fountains, arches and props can be used in any combination to provide a one-of-a-kind look. Reception Etiquette: Make no mistake; wedding etiquette is still very much alive. Having good manners is always in style. Your wedding

day is your wedding day and you have the right to be happy, but you should remain gracious, kind and hospitable at the same time. • If you invite someone to the ceremony, it is proper etiquette to include them in the reception. • Circulate at the reception; the guests should be one of your main focuses. • If people bring gifts to the reception, assign one of your bridesmaids or a family member to take them home for you. A Catered Affair: If your reception is going to be held in a venue that does not provide food, consider hiring a caterer. A caterer will be of great value in handling the preparing, cooking, decorating and serving of the food for your wedding. • When you hire a caterer, check to see if the location for your reception offers refrigeration and cooking equipment. • Ask your caterer for references and look at photos from previous parties so you can see and know how the food will be presented. • Make sure you have a written contract with your caterer stating all the details of what they will be doing.

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Ask Sylvia Over the last few years we have received several inquiries from brides asking tough wedding industry related questions. We normally create content in an upcoming issue where the question is answered or refer them to our wedding planners. Our celebrity-contributing writer Sylvia Weinstock had the desire to step outside the world of cakes, and provide valuable insight to all things wedding related, and fill this great demand we’ve had. No matter how frustrating, confusing or overwhelming wedding planning can be, with Sylvia’s abundance of experience and knowledge, she’ll provide the answers and advice to help you have a remarkably dignified wedding.


I would love any advice on trying to coordinate with wedding planners who are located out of town. My fiancé and I live in Florida, but are going back to our hometown, in Atlanta, to tie the knot. Any advice would help! (Jamie K., Westport CT)


If you are getting married in Atlanta...I suggest you find a reputable party planner in Atlanta, a city that has many qualified professionals - who know the locals you will need on your special day. One way of finding an experienced planner is to work with the major hotels. They will know and be able to recommend the planners they work with most often. Or, you may find that the hotel itself has a banquet manager who fills this role. Like most other venues, hotels have preferred vendors for Music, Flowers, and Photographers... and these in-house professionals can orchestrate the event for you. However you choose, be sure to talk to couples who have used the planner/manager and make sure they were happy with the attention they received and, of course, had a wonderful wedding with no or little drama!


My MIL offered to pay for the flowers for my wedding. I have tried to refuse her offer, but I feel I am being rude, and need to let her be involved and do this for me. However, I wanted to spend the bulk of our budget on flowers. This is where I wanted our décor and theme to come through. How do I tell her that I appreciate her offer and I am grateful, however I wanted something elaborate, and most likely out of her budget? (Chloe, S., Pacific Palisades CA)


Compromise is my advice: it will be the first of many times in your marriage you will have to negotiate some middle ground. This will prevent feelings from being hurt in your new, extended family. Let her contribute to the flower budget who can’t use a little help? And make it a shared project for the two of

you. If your tastes are wildly different, just split the bill, even if her contribution is not a 50/50. While it is “your day” everyone close to you wants to do something special, so let them. Another idea is telling her - the flowers are covered...but would she like to pay for some other important element (which might be more affordable), like your photographer? It may make her feel important to contribute the memories you will keep for a lifetime. It’s all in the way you present these options to her, so do it with love.


I’m hoping you can help me with planning our cruise wedding for this Fall. We are so excited about the simplicity of the cruise idea, but I’m concerned with how much I will be able to bring. Are there things I can easily do without, that won’t compromise my day? (Brooke R., Houston TX)


Wow. Your questions raises a lot more questions!! First get in touch with the cruise line to find out how formal events onboard are likely to be: is there a captain’s dinner? Do you need dresses (and jackets for men) for clubs? What do they recommend for your destination(s)? What’s the climate of where you are and where you are going? How large is your stateroom and are you wearing a full wedding gown? One fun suggestion might be to have the ceremony on the dock or pier, and then board for the party minus the wedding dress and attendants gowns and suits. Someone can be in charge of putting all that in safekeeping, while you and your guests board and start your celebration on the sea. Bon voyage!


My fiancé and I thought it would be a great idea to get married out of town. We instantly thought of Vegas! How can I create a memorable wedding in Vegas that isn’t cheesy or cheap feeling, however sticking to a small budget? (Skyler T., Boston MA)


Here’s a suggestion that allows you to stick to a budget AND hold the cheese! Why not throw an elegant dinner party in one of the many superb restaurants on the strip? Many celebrity chefs have landmark Vegas outposts, where you can have a sit down dinner with style. Perhaps the restaurant has a “chef’s table” or private dining or wine room. Or you can pay for extras like floral centerpieces for the table, or a special tasting menu with great wine pairings. What could be better than an leisurely, sumptuous meal...before everyone scatters to clubs and casinos?!


We’ve already sent out save the dates for our in-town wedding, but we’ve changed our venue, AND our city. It’s only a day’s drive, or a short flight, but I know the guests will need to make new arrangements asap! What is the best way to get the word out? We only have 4 months until our day. (Jenny G., Miami FL)


The most personal and direct way to deliver the news is on the phone. If you get some unedited, less than excited response from some of your guests who have already made their travel arrangements, remember to be gracious! It is also very important to follow up with a written note that confirms details. While I am a fan of handwritten letters, I realize that emailing is probably the most practical way to go in any event, be very sure to ask for some way of confirming your guests have received all the new details. Good Luck!!

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Wedding Cake

Checklist To have the cake of your dreams, you will need to discuss some, or all, of these items with your baker or caterer.

Number of Guests Size of Your Cake Cake by Lovely Cakes Photo by Renata Papadopoulos

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love at first bite

Have Your Cake and Eat it, Too! Sweet Treats for Your Wedding Now your attention has turned toward the ultimate confection—your wedding cake. You should order your wedding cake four to six months prior to your wedding date. During cake consultations, there are several key areas that should be considered and discussed: design style, size or number of tiers, types of frosting, cake flavors and fillings, accents and cake topper styles. As the bride, keep your personal questions in mind to ask too.

Chocolate Fondue Fountains

Tiered fountains overflowing with chocolate are still a hot trend in wedding receptions. Modeled to replicate the design of a tiered wedding cake, the fountains provide a neverending waterfall. For fondue—both decadent and delicious—people just love to dip. The chocolate fountain is suitable for both indoor and outdoor events. The typical dipping delights include marshmallows, strawberries, pineapple, bananas, but don’t stop there ... your choices are limitless. 66 |

There have been traditional food-oriented wedding favors for years such as small, personalized tins of mints or miniature boxes of Jordan almonds. But today’s truly gourmet wedding favors take food treats to the next level. Gourmet cookies with custom icing, gourmet popcorn and fun cupcakes also make lovely wedding favors for your guests. Another wedding favor that has moved up a notch in years is chocolates. Remember, gourmet doesn’t apply just to food; wine is also a wonderful option for wedding favors.

Have an “Ice” Day …

Enhance your wedding with a custom-carved ice sculpture. Personalize the carving by engraving names or monogram into your sculpture. There are endless choices of what style and shape you can have in a sculpture, anywhere from a simple swan to a bridge you can walk under. An ice sculpture is a lovely way to brighten up the reception and create an awe-inspiring centerpiece.

Shape of Your Cake Flavor of Cake Flavor of Icing Flavor of Filling Color of Icing Theme or Design Cake Top or Flowers Placement of Cake Who will serve the cake after it has been cut by the bride and groom Time and Date of Delivery Total Price:__________

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Beautiful F l o w e r s a touch of color Say it with Flowers Choosing the right flowers can be one of the most important decisions you’ll make when planning your wedding. With a little work, and the help of a good wedding florist, it’s easy to get flowers that will be both memorable and reflect the bride’s individual style and personality. The following points can help you save time and, most importantly, money.

The Date is Key

Keeping the date of your wedding in mind is crucial to selecting your flowers. This goes beyond the growing trend of weddings being on a Friday or Sunday, as opposed to Saturday. Spring and summer are ideal for using flowers like orchids, hydrangeas, roses and lilies, while autumn and winter are better suited to roses, lilies, narcissus, gardenia, mums and poinsettias. Just remember, you won’t be able to find every flower you want all year long. The Budget is Important Figure out your budget and be up front with your florist. From there, you can

figure out what flowers you like the most and what is available during the time of the year you’re getting married. Don’t wait until the last minute to order your flowers. It is usually a good idea to schedule a consultation about six to eight months in advance. By this time you will have a good idea of how many people will be attending, who will be in the bridal party, what they will be wearing and where the ceremony and reception are being held. Ordering well ahead of your date can ensure that you get what you want, and can often save you money. Match Your Colors From traditional cascades to pomander flower kissing balls, anything goes. Brides are selecting more colorful flowers for their bouquets instead of the classic all-white, traditional bridal bouquet. Blues, reds, oranges, yellows and purples are gaining popularity for bouquets, centerpieces, corsages and

boutonnieres. Picking out the right color really depends on the themes and colors you’ve picked out for your invitations, cake, etc. and whether you want to match the dominant color or accent it with something else. A few color swatches and a visit to your florist can help you to decide which you prefer. The Location When picking the flowers that are right for your wedding, it’s a good idea to keep in mind where the wedding will be held. If the wedding is going to be outside, floral arches, columns, blooming plants and garden flowers are a great way to add a nice touch to the wedding. Beach weddings can be enhanced by simple flowers with bright colors or exotic and unique flowers that really complement the beach setting. Pick the Flowers That are Right for You A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but that doesn’t mean you have to use roses for your wedding. Orchids, tulips, hydrangeas, daffodils and even more exotic and unique flowers are common in today’s weddings. With a variety of colors and shapes, orchids have quickly become a highly popular flower for everything from centerpieces and bridal bouquets to the corsages and boutonnieres. Using a unique flower is an easy and often affordable way to put your own stamp on your wedding, as well as match the setting that you’ve chosen for your special day. There’s nothing wrong with trading out the white rose for a purple orchid if it’s what your heart desires.

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Flowers for Your Wedding a Pricing Guide


hen it comes to budgeting for your wedding, you can expect your flowers to be about eight percent of your total budget. Although there are many factors that go into pricing out wedding flowers, what you spend depends on what you order: Seasonality, type of flower, arrangement design, they all determine what your cost will be. The good news is that wedding flowers are one aspect of the wedding that you can tailor to fit your budget. No matter what you choose, there is something to fit every budget. Our Floral Price Guide breaks down the average of what you can expect to spend for your wedding flowers. Costs exclude consultation fees, delivery, set up and taxes.




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CEREMONY Bride's Bouquet




Hair Flowers




Bridesmaids Bouquets

$55 each

$95 each

$165 each

Mothers/Aunt/Grandmother's Corsages




Boutonnieres for the men

$15 each

$22 each

$33 each

Ring Bearer's Boutonniere




Ring Bearer pillow




Flower Girl Basket & petals




Ceremony Arrangements for altar




Petals for aisle




Ceremony Arrangements for Chairs/Pews




Arrangements/Garland for Aisle




COCKTAIL HOUR Cocktail Table Arrangements




Escort Card Table




Entrance Arrangements







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Toss Bouquet




Cake Flowers




Buffet Arrangements




Bar Arrangements







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If You Don’t Like Something You’ve Seen at Someone Else’s Wedding...

Don’t do it at Yours ( and other ideas for a more fun , less stressful wedding )



k, let me admit this from the start; I’m not a wedding professional (and I don’t play one on TV). I’m just a guy who’s been around the wedding and event industry for over 22 years, working with the many, many businesses you’re going to use for your weddings. Over those years I’ve heard countless stories of how couples, like you, miss the opportunity to really enjoy your weddings. I’m not referring to the wonderful colors and details. I’m referring to the experience that you and your guests will have throughout your wedding day. You’ve probably heard from friends, family and online contacts that your wedding day will seem to go by in an instant. It’s true, but I believe it’s because you spend months and months planning, and often agonizing over the details and then… poof, in less than one day it’s all over. In comparison to the hours and hours you’ve spent planning it’s easy for it to fly by like a movie in fast-forward. So, how do you make it an experience that you and your guests will remember (in a good way, of course)? Here are a few of the collective ideas I’ve learned from some of the best wedding pros in the business:

If you love the planning part, that’s great. Make all of the choices, but neither you, nor anyone in your wedding party should be working on your wedding day.

Don’t be afraid to hire a wedding coordinator, at least for your wedding day, if not the whole process. You’ll be more

relaxed and you’ll be able to actually take in the wonderful sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the day. This will help everyone because a stressed wedding couple means a stressed wedding ceremony and reception. Besides, you’ve spent so much time making the wonderful choices of food, music, décor and more, you really need to see the fruits of your labors come to life.

Rethink that “do-notplay” song list for your band or DJ.

Will it actually ruin the day if they play the Electric Slide or YMCA? If your guests fill the dance floor, laughing and singing along, isn’t that better than stressing over a 4 minute song? You don’t have to dance along. Your guests have spent time and money traveling to and attending your wedding, let them have their fun.

Have professional video.

If you don’t like something you’ve experienced at someone else’s wedding… don’t do it at yours.

Think of your guests when you’re making your decisions. I realize that it’s your wedding day, but if you’ve ever been a guest at a wedding and you’ve found yourself questioning some of the timing and choices, step back and try to see it through the eyes of your guests. For instance, make sure you leave enough time for photos as your guests came primarily to see you, not each other. They’re looking around the room for both of you so they can express their good wishes and their thanks for allowing them to share in your day. Don’t disappear for too long.

I’m not saying this as an infomercial, I don’t shoot video, but I also didn’t have it at my wedding, almost 30 years ago and, boy I wish I did. How cool would it be to show my kids the sights and sounds of our wedding? From reciting our vows to dancing our first dance to the awkward toasts… what would I pay to see those now? A lot more than it would have cost to have it back then. The video is not for you. It’s for you to share with others now and for generations to come. And the videos of today are so much better than what I might have had. They’re so much more creative and really the movie of your wedding. Not having video is one of the biggest regrets after a wedding. Mostly I hope you take time to, literally and figuratively, smell the roses. Yes, your day will fly by. But the memories you make will last a lifetime. As I approach my 30th anniversary I wish you the same happiness we’ve experienced. The road hasn’t always been smooth, but it’s one I wouldn’t trade for the world. Alan Berg has over 20 years of experience in the wedding industry and has authored three books, “If your website was an employee, would you fire it?,” “Don’t Paint The House” and “Your Attitude for Success.” Learn more at | 75

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The Story of Your Day

Whether the wedding is an outdoor, casual event or a black-tie affair, every couple wants the memories of their wedding to be picture perfect. Photojournalism is the buzz word for modern weddings. Forget the staged shots. Photographers now focus on telling the story of your special day as it unfolds. From the pre-ceremony preparations to the last dance, they capture the events with wedding photography/ video that records the unique emotions of your special day. Whether it’s the bride’s heartfelt hug with her dad or the flower girl and ring bearer dancing, it catches the spontaneous and touching moments in an artistic and unobtrusive way.

Choosing Your Photographer and/or Videographer

When you interview your photographer and/ or videographer, ask if he or she is going to be the one who is taking the pictures/ video at your wedding or if there will be multiple people. Most photographers and videographers will bring along an assistant for additional shots. 76 |

It is common for most brides to book their photographer and videographer far in advance to ensure the company is available for their wedding date. So book your photographer and videographer as soon as you know your wedding date and budget. Send an invitation and a map to them as well. Research as many local photographers and videographers as possible. Ask your married friends to see their pictures and videos and ask about their experience with the people they chose. This way you can make an informed decision about whom you hire. These days, every photographer should have a website or blog. If they don’t have one, you may not want to consider them; it could be that they aren’t up on today’s trends. The website will give you insight as to the style and quality that they provide. Be honest if you can’t afford the price. Lay out your budget for them and ask what they can do to work with your budget. Most

photographers are flexible, especially if they click with you or think your wedding might be something special. Finally, if you can’t afford the photographer and there isn’t any chance to make it work, ask for a referral. Try to find a photographer and videographer who is accommodating, tactful and organized. Plan a final meeting to go over all the details of your day with everyone involved. Look for packages that include a twophotographer coverage to capture the overall story of your wedding day, allowing more details and two different perspectives to be captured for the best overall end result. For the person who will be holding the camera, make sure he or she brings out the best in everyone. You’ll want to know if they have a great personality up front.

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Photographer Checklist

How long have you been in business?

Do you give any guarantees on your services

and photographs?

What’s your philosophy to photographing


Will you be shooting my pictures personally?

What is your photography style?

What do you plan to do at my wedding to

make my wedding photographs unique and

personal to me?

Do you have backup equipment and shooters?

Who will I be dealing with after the wedding?

How will you show me pictures for selection

(e.g., electronic, proofs, contact sheets,

online gallery, etc.)?

What’s your time frame for preparing the

pictures for my selection?

Will you help me choose the final pictures?

How long do I have to make up my mind as to

which pictures I want and how many?

How will you make it easy for friends and

family to order reprints?

Are there different degrees of coverage?

What are the costs of the various levels

of coverage?

How much for the duplicate prints, albums,

folios, enlargements, thank you cards, etc.?

Will you have an assistant?

Do you have travel fees?

How much is your overtime fee?

What’s your payment policy?

Videographer Specific There are many reasons to hire a videographer for your wedding, but one of the best reasons is for the product that you get: A living memory of your wedding. Long after the vows have been said, cake has been cut and the songs have ended, the memories of your wedding day live on through your wedding video. When choosing your videographer, ask to see demo tapes of other weddings they have shot. A good, reputable videographer will have plenty of samples to show you. If they don’t, consider that a red flag. The ideal video would be a wedding from start to finish, not just a few highlights. Different companies shoot weddings in different styles. Choose the style that best fits you and your fiancé. Choose someone you feel comfortable around and can trust to capture one of the most important days of your life. And finally, be patient. Editing the video is not only important, but also time consuming. When meeting with potential videographers, be sure to ask how long your final video will be, how many versions you will receive (i.e., one fulllength version and a highlight video?) and how many copies of the final product you can get, too.

“Pro” or “Joe” Is your videographer still working with a camera from decades ago? Or are they using the latest technology that would make others want to bring popcorn when they watch your wedding video? Video Format Be sure to ask what format your wedding video will be. If it’s possible, why not have the feel of the theatre in your home? “Sundance” or “Spielberg” On that same token, know the direction you want your wedding to be viewed in. Do you want it to be a cinematic masterpiece? Or do want it to be raw like a documentary? Ultimately, this will determine the overall vibe of how your wedding will be remembered when watched. From Coast to Coast Ask if your videographer offers instant webcasting. It is the latest advance to make it seem like your friends and family are right there with you—wherever they may be. What Does “Hands On” Really Mean? Some videographers have oneperson film your wedding and then send the footage to another company to edit it. It’s important to know the company you are hiring will be same company that will film and edit your wedding and not contracted out to an outside source. Where to start? Bridal shows are the perfect place to search for your ideal videographer. | 77

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t’s your wedding, so why not arrive in style? Nothing is more exciting than pulling up to your ceremony location and making a graceful exit out of a beautiful stretch limo. Renting a limo can have you feeling like royalty on your wedding day and leave a big impact on your guests.

Luxury limousines do a great job in adding style and charm to a wedding. Reserving transportation for you and your bridal party is a detail that should not be overlooked. Now that you’ve decided on renting vehicles for your wedding transportation, what is next?


How you arrive should compliment your own personal style and your wedding. How do you envision your arrival and getaway: A white stretch limo? A monster-sized Hummer? Various styles and colors of limousines are available to suit any taste or style. You can choose the type: a stretch limo, a classic car, Lincoln, Hummer, Bentley or even your own car. And the color: white, black, silver or even purple! Many vehicles now come with mini bars, dance areas and a great sound system to get the party started.


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of the total. It is also wise to designate a member of your bridal party to handle the payments on-site for you; that is just one less thing to worry about on your big day.


How many in your bridal party will be riding with you? Don’t forget about parents, siblings, grandparents and other special attendants. Are you providing transportation for the guests to go from the hotel to the ceremony and the reception? Although not required, it is a nice gesture if your budget can accommodate. One bus may just do the trick, depending on how many guests that may be.


When booking your reservation, be clear on your details to the rental company. It is important that they understand where and when to pick up your group so they can factor in enough time for travel.

Don’t be Late

Always factor in a few extra minutes for traffic, construction or getting lost. It doesn’t hurt to bring a copy of the directions with you, just in case the driver isn’t certain of where to go. This is not the day to discover the scenic route. Prepare a list of pick-up and drop-off locations, directions to each location and a point of contact at each. This will relieve you of having to field phone calls while getting ready. Be extra prepared and give each point of contact a set of directions. With a little extra attention to the details, you are sure to arrive in style … and on time.

Destination Music Hire Local Entertainment or Contract Your Hometown DJ For Your Out of Town Wedding


very destination wedding should have some local flavor of music to tie in the environment. Whether you’re bringing in a band or DJ, from the States, or getting a local act, you can accomplish this best during the ceremony and/or cocktail hour. The cocktail hour is a great place to have music that reflects the country you’re in. How do you find local entertainment? Some countries will have local talent booking agencies. If you’ve hired a local planner or designer they will know of options as well. Your venue contacts will also be a great resource since they see various options regularly. Beware that local musicians may not have the same perspective as musicians do in the States. So, it’s critical not to make any assumptions. Discuss your expectations for appearance, timing, requests, etc.   If you want classic and current Top 40, and budget allows, you may want to fly in an American act. Local bands may claim to perform American and British Top 40 music. I would recommend asking to see a

song list and to hear samples of their take on these styles. If budget is too prohibitive for bringing in a full band you can fly in a DJ to ensure you get what you want. For local DJs, ask for examples of what they would play at your party to ensure they have the approach you want and be very specific about your desires Be sure to put everything you discuss in writing so there are no misunderstandings.  When flying in musical acts, be sure to discuss who is going to be responsible for any licenses, taxes and other possible travel expenses. You don’t want any surprises at the last minute!   An issue you hopefully won’t have to deal with is, if flying in a band, is securing sound equipment (PA sound system and amplifiers/ speakers for electronic instruments) and backline (large instruments bands don’t fly with such as drums and electronic keyboards).  If the band isn’t responsible for this, absolutely assign this task to someone on the planning team if it hasn’t yet been brought up. This can be a very complicated

issue. Sometimes, a small country or island simply doesn’t have certain required equipment available and it has to be brought in from outside the country such as by boat.   Carefully consider the musical aspect of your destination wedding, given the enormous impact it can have, and you can have a celebration that leaves wonderful and lasting memories! Named a “Top 25 Trendsetter,” multi awardwinning entertainment designer Andy Kushner turns simple ideas into extraordinary celebrations by helping brides live their dream. Fellow Trendsetter Colin Cowie features Andy on his site among his elite fabulous friends. Andy has a reputation for his precise attention to scale, budget and personalization. To learn more about Andy, visit his website or to reach him, call or email 301.869.8855. | 79

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Honeymoon Finds

Hera Monokini in Hera Paisley Print $165,

Look HOT on your honeymoon!

Sheer Poncho in Fuchsia Cross Back Triangle Top in Fuchsia/Orange Anatomique Bottom in Fuchsia/Orange (Top) $69, (Bottom) $69, Calypso Bandeau in Green Full Tie Bottom in Green (Top) $89, (Bottom) $69,

Capturing Couture’s Wristlet Camera Straps For a splash of color and print around your wrist, these camera straps are lined with soft plush velvet and feature a ‘quick release’ system that makes it easy to attach/ detach from your camera $19-25,

Jewel in Snow Leopard Keep all your jewelry safe, secure and fabulous while you travel with this small, packable jewelry roll including zipped pouches, a necklace bar, ring bar and large interior pocket to ensure there is a place for everything $44,

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Athena Bra in Fuschia/Black Butterfly Bottom in Fuschia/Black (Top) $79, (Bottom) $70

Ayllu Earrings by Mujus Multicolored tagua seed earrings $24, Caraluna Necklace by Mujus Lilac colored tagua seed necklae with adjustable suede ties $44,

Lucy in Noir Cute hatbox styling and a spacious pocketed interior make this case ideal for storing and organizing beauty items, jewelry, hair accessories, crafts and collectibles…. or whatever else you can think of! It has structured side and bottom support to hold the case open so you can peek in and see exactly what’s inside without rummaging and it’s great for traveling $39,

Lucia Necklace by Mujus Aqua colored tagua seed adjustable necklace $44,

Sassy by Flojos The Sassy is a bold, stylish sandal with a 3 1/4” wedge that makes a statement with a comfort molded footbed and playful glitter strap avaiable in beautiful bronze, pewter and black$42,

Colca Necklace by Mujus Multicolored tagua, bombona and asai seeds necklace $57,

Twist by Flojos The Twist is a great transitional day-to-night featuring a thin braided strap, a slight wedge, and comfort padded sock. The Twist is available in faux-leather in tan, brown and black $39,

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Living the Dream Explore these adventurous honeymoon recommendations based on the suitability of your location By Melissa IntVeldt Dutton

Central Valley

Living in the Central Valley makes you a lucky lady. Heaven is at your door step. Why not take advantage of your proximity to one of the most beautiful destinations in the States and make Lake Tahoe your honeymoon getaway. Pack your cutest Snow Bunny apparel and hit the slopes at one of the wonderful ski lodges in Tahoe. Whether you are a newbie and need to take a few lessons, or are an advanced skier or rider, Tahoe offers it all. If the idea of speeding down a mountain is not your cup of hot cocoa, why not give snow shoeing, snowmobiling, or cross country skiing a go? And after a long day on the slopes, enjoy an Après Ski cocktail at a nearby bar, test your luck in the casinos or relax in an outdoor hot tub. And the next morning, admire one of Lake Tahoe dazzling displays; imagine watching one of the most spectacularly colorful sunrises from the comfort of your bed with your sweetie. How romantic! | 81

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As a girl of the Atlanta, you are lucky to have the world’s busiest airport at your fingertips; this means direct flights to many Caribbean islands, including the exotic destination of St. Lucia. St Lucia is home to Bucket List worthy resorts such as Jade Mountain. This impressive resort features individual sanctuaries with the fourth wall open to the glorious views of the island’s famous Pitons. Over the top amenities include private infinity pools, open air showers and the most amazing in-room dining you will ever experience, and of course, your Major Domo (Butler) will be at your beck and call. This tropical paradise offers an array of other resorts as well, including luxurious all-inclusive resorts; most notably Sandals. There are three unique Sandals resorts on the island and you can enjoy all three with the Sandals Stay at One, Play at Three program. This affords you the opportunity to see more of the island, enjoy different beaches and pools, bars and countless dining options. From natural waterfall and hot springs to breathtaking views and friendly locals, St Lucia is a honeymooner’s paradise.

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Las Vegas

When calling the dry desert heat of Las Vegas home, you may miss certain things, like rain, the beach and tropical lush greenery. Sure, you can take a stroll through the Mirage or Mandalay Bay, but why not enjoy a real tropical rainforest like Costa Rica. Costa Rica literally means “rich coast” and it is in fact rich in many ways. From hiking through jungles to lounging on black sand beaches, zip-lining over the tree tops of the cloud forest, to climbing the Arenal Volcano and relaxing in the thermal springs, Costa Rica has an abundance of activities for you to enjoy. The wild life and plant life are equally abundant; you will see plants in every shade of green and flowers in every color of the rainbow. Playful monkeys will swing from the palm trees on the beach, you will fall asleep to the sound of the tree frogs and awake to the sound of birds singing. From rustic accommodations to luxury abodes such as The Springs and the individual casitas at Arenal Nayara, Costa Rica offers a wonderful mix of adventure and romance for your honeymoon. 82 |

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San Diego

You live in what is called the “finest city on America”, so finding a destination as equally wonderful as your hometown may be a challenge, but we have the place for you. Why not try a small peaceful seaside destination with blissful weather and a sense of nostalgia - La Paz, Mexico. Imagine you and your new husband going for a stroll along the waterfront (malecón) or enjoying a romantic sunset. You can kayak in the Sea of Cortez, go whale watching, snorkeling, scuba diving, shopping for local handicrafts or enjoy delectable local cuisine. La Paz is sure to tantalize your senses with these and other wondrous activities that await you. And for a truly memorable adventure, set sail aboard a fishing charter, such as the famed Tailhunter International. La Paz, in Baja Mexico, is consistently ranked as a top five fishing spot in the world; so you are likely to catch an amazing fish and have a unique honeymoon photo opportunity showing off your fresh catch. | 83

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You cheer for the Reds and the Bengals, you enjoy the occasional Skyline Chili and you call the Queen City home. So why not feel like a Queen on your honeymoon and take a trip to the regal city of London. Stay at the Goring Hotel, where the Duchess of Cambridge emerged on her wedding day. Or visit the site of many royal weddings- Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Want to go shopping? Stroll through Portobello Market to snag a vintage find, or visit the iconic Harrods’s department store. And of course, no trip to London is complete without a visit to the Tower of London to see the Royal Jewels, or to witness the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. After all the site-seeing, you will work up an appetite, so enjoy some fish and chips with a pint of ale in a cozy English Pub. London is a city rich in culture, diversity and of course, history. Whether you choose to partake in art museums such as Tate Modern, or enjoy a show in the West End, take walks along the River Thames to view the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, or capture a bird’s eye view of the city in the London Eye - London will mesmerize you and serve as a perfect backdrop for the beginning of your own fairytale.


Living in Orlando means you are constantly surrounded by tourists visiting Disney, Universal or Sea World. But you are also a stone’s throw away from the cruise port of Port Canaveral. You and your honey can set sail on a tropical getaway aboard an incredible floating hotel. Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Disney Cruise Lines currently offer sailings out of Port Canaveral. Once aboard, you can enjoy spa treatments, casinos, rock climbing walls, FlowRider surf simulators, exciting nightclubs and a wide array of dining options. The fun continues once you reach your exotic ports of call. You can island hop from destinations such as the Bahamas, Key West, Cozumel, Jamaica, St Thomas, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico and the Cayman Islands.

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Whether you prefer to quietly lounge on a beach of powdery white sand, or want the thrill of swimming with the sharks and stingrays, a cruise offers you all this and more. With getaways from three to seven nights, and many discounts available for Florida residents, a honeymoon at sea may be the perfect way for you to sail into the sunset of wedded bliss.

Colin Cowie


Destination Wedding: Accommodating Your Guests A well-informed guest, is a happy guest

estination weddings are still the biggest trend today. As oppose to 150 or 350 in my hometown, you take between 40 and 50 people to a gorgeous place like the Mexican Riviera, the Mayan and you share 72 great quality hours together. So now a bride gets to have a Colin Cowie designed wedding, with nine different looks to choose from and all customizable, and for a fraction of the price. So all the guesswork is taken out of it for her, with flexibility. We understand that the bride wants to make her own decisions and wants to be able to customize it. With each one of these packages, she has the ability to dress them up or dress them down. I think what I’ve done is been able to articulate different looks, like each one is its own personality. Each one speaks to a different bride. From the fiery hot bride, to the sophisticated bride, to the beach bride, to the bride who wants to embrace lots of color, to the bride who wants a dreamy wedding. Palace Resorts came to me and I looked at what they had done in the past and where I thought the future was going. We are bringing great styles and great trends, that are well edited, and they’re beautiful and they’re functional and they set the bride up for success. For destination brides, the planning process is an online experience for them. We wish the bride can take a visit and comes down to taste the food and see the venues and be surprised, but many brides don’t do this. So as a

destination bride, you need to have tremendous confidence that you and you guests will have the best experience. That is important to me. For me to partner my brand with Palace Resorts, I had to ensure the quality of the guest experience. It’s very easy nowadays to fly to places. Destination weddings don’t have to cost a fortune. Destination weddings don’t have to be going to Bora Bora, or an exotic island in the Mediterranean. The whole idea is to go there, take a small group of friends, in one jam-packed weekend. Starting with the welcome dinner, activities during the Saturday, the wedding itself and then a brunch on Sunday; what a way to go!

For a bride who is having a destination wedding here are a few things you might consider to accommodate your guests:

• First thing you need to do is send out a Save-the-Date • Then of course the invitation • Then you can send a confirmation package. This can tell the guest what to expect, what to wear, how to get there, information on the hotel, time you need to be where, transportation, and any other pertinent information • Then prepare a welcome package, to go into the guest rooms for when they arrive. This can include an itinerary, once again reminding them where to be and what time | 85


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Hot Spots

FOR A BEACH HONEYMOON Personally recommended by the publisher of Beautiful Bride magazine. Listings are in alphabetic order.

Outrigger Waikiki

On The Beach, Hawaii

Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa

San Diego, California

Grand Wailea

Maui, Hawaii

Grove Isle Hotel & Spa

Miami, Florida

Gran Porto Real Playa

del Carmen, Mexico

Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa

Jupiter, Florida

Ocean Key Resort & Spa

Key West, Florida

By Melissa A. IntVeldt Dutton

No matter where your honeymoon takes you: a cruise ship, an exotic beach or to Europe, packing for a honeymoon is no easy task. With a few tips, you will be breezing by security and on your way to paradise. The adage rings true: pack, then unpack and leave about half behind. As you

lay out your wardrobe, think about what you travel in—it counts as an outfit. Consider wearing leggings and a tunic that you can later wear as a cover-up, or a cozy pair of yoga pants with a camisole and cardigan—all pieces you can wear for the remainder of your trip. Pack necessities in your carry-on.

This means having enough to get you through a day or two, if your luggage is lost or delayed.

Now that your suitcase is packed, don’t forget:

• Airline and hotel confirmation numbers, phone numbers & addresses.

• Your passport, visa and driver’s license. ALL of your travel documents and travel reservations must have the same name. Unless you delay your

honeymoon, and have legally changed your name, you will need to travel with your maiden name.

• These days, we don’t remember many numbers by heart. Bring a printout of important numbers: doctors, relatives, vet, house sitter, etc.

• Two photocopies of all documents. Place one in your carry-on and one in your checked baggage.

• At your destination, always keep one set of copies in the room and one with you at all times.

• If you require any medicines, it is best to keep them in your carry-on, along with a doctor’s note, just in case.

• Cash or credit? Yes, please. Only take what you need. Otherwise, you may blow your budget. Call your bank and credit card companies to advise that there will be foreign charges and get your foreign currency stateside or from an ATM at your destination.

• A cell phone or calling card to call a cab or the airline.

• Sunglasses and sunscreen—even if it is wintertime or you are not going to a beach.

• Your camera, and don’t forget the battery charger.

• Packing inventory list. Sounds silly, right? In the event your luggage is

Four Seasons

• Insure your engagement ring and wedding bands prior to your departure.

• Your honeymoon is a great place to wear your wedding lingerie again, and

Sandals Grande

• You may get honeymooner freebies or upgrades—bring a copy of your

Bora Bora, Tahiti

Ocho Rios, Jamaica


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lost forever, you will need to file an insurance claim, based off of the lost items—and their value!

You never know what could happen!

a perfect time to add a few new pieces to your collection!

marriage license or a wedding invite as proof of your recent nuptials.

Melissa IntVeldt Dutton is the owner and operator of My Traveling Panda, a full-service travel agency specializing in offering affordable luxury to group and individual travelers. Melissa spent years working as a destination wedding coordinator in Las Vegas, providing her with years of experience in Las Vegas weddings and honeymoons. And, yes, there really is a traveling panda named Staffield, visit to learn more.

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six beautiful brides share their story of love with us

Beautiful brides share how they met to how they said, “I do ...� They hope to inspire ideas that will make your day picture perfect. From lush country clubs to resorts to ceremonies in the sand. These five brides share their stories of life and love that all begin the same ... as husband and wife.

MaryWynne & Tyler

Cortney & Chad

Amanda & Warren

Michelle & Alex

Ivonne & Andrew

Sierra & Jeff

Atlanta: pg. 232

Las Vegas: pg. 88

Central Valley: pg. 240

Orlando: pg. 90

Cincinnati: pg. 212

San Diego: pg. 220 | 87


Michelle Alex

Traditional and Romantic with a Touch of Modern Glam Bride: Michelle Velez Groom: Alejandro “Alex� Preciado Wedding Date: September 28, 2012 Wedding Location: Las Vegas, NV Number of Guests: 145

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This Couple Recommends: Venue: St. Joseph Husband of Mary, Roman Catholic Church Venue (Reception): Canyon Gate Bridal Gown Designer: Sottero & Midgley Bridal Gown & Alterations: Bowties Bridal Bridesmaids Dresses: Forever Yours Candy Bar: Lise Codde (Aunt) & Julia Maynard (bridesmaid) Cake: Cravin’ Cake Bakery DJ: Dream Entertainment Décor Rentals: Naakiti Floral Favors: American Cancer Society (donation made by bride & groom)

Florist: Naakiti Floral Hair: Hair by Andeen Invitations: 1st Impressions Makeup: Makeup by Didi Muscians: Lisa Ratigan - Violinist Officiate: Rev. Mark Howes Photographer: Ella Gagiano Photo Booth: Ella Gagiano Videographer: Ella Gagiano Transportation: Earth Limos Tuxedos: Tuxedo Junction Venue (Rehearsal Dinner): Petra Greek Taverna


hortly after Michelle moved to Yuma, Arizona to take her first on-air job in television, she met Alex. Needless to say…a match was made!

Michelle once again relocated for work and found herself in a long-distance relationship (her in Las Vegas, and Alex still in Yuma). On one of Alex’s planned trips to Vegas, and scheduled around Michelle’s demanding schedule, he popped the question. Deciding to do this on Friday, to allow ample time for celebration, Alex got down on one knee in the intimate and simple setting of Michelle’s home and asked her to marry him. Despite it being April 1st!

“I knew Alex was not the type to play mean jokes, but it was April Fool’s so I just had to be sure. After a few moments, I realized it was the real deal and said YES!” Convincing their family and friends was another story. “It took a whole day of calling and sending pictures of the ring for them to realize that we were really engaged.”   Then the planning started. Staying away from generic wedding décor and more specifically centerpieces, they decided on donning half the tables with Manzanita trees dripping with strands of orange orchids, jewels and hanging tea light candles and a more simple set-up of cylinders with submerged calla lilies and a floating candle on the other tables.   Michelle’s mother surprised her just moments before she walked down the aisle. “On my bouquet was a hanging picture frame of my father, who passed-away when I was 5. It was a special way to incorporate my father’s memory on my wedding day,” remembers Michelle. The bride’s favorite moment was walking into the church and seeing Alex. “I was overcome with nervousness. I could hear the guests whispering and the sound of their camera’s snapping – but I never took my eyes off him! It was a special bonding moment between Alex and I. I am so thankful I will forever have that memory.” | 89


Ivonne Andrew

A Gift of Love Bride: Ivonne Hebbeler Groom: Andrew Steward Wedding Date: August 12, 2012 Wedding Location: Orlando, FL Number of Guests: 100

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This Couple Recommends: Wedding Planner: Rosie Moore Bridal Gown & Alterations: Minerva’s Bridal Bridesmaids Dresses: Minerva’s Bridal Coffee Bar: Espresso Event Cake: Rosen Shingle Creek DJ: Miami Pros DJs Dance Lessons: Frankie Agosta, Salsa Heat Décor Rentals: Kamini Designs and A Chair Affair

Favors: Sweet Maralyn’s Chocolate Florist: Cynthia Rogers (friend) Hair: Jennifer Lee Story Telling Invitations: Nannuk Invitations Makeup: About Face Officiate: Pastor Michael Silva Photographer: Andy Martin Videographer: Nannuk Media Transportation: High Horse Carriage Ride Tuxedos: Minerva’s Uptown Tux


vonne and Andrew were setup up by friends for a blind date. They met at Fashion Square Mall where they had an awkward date for the books. It wasn’t until they gave love another shot on a second date that they discovered their undeniable connection.

“Little did I know that the same place he asked me to be his girlfriend, under a gazebo, would be where he proposed one day,” gushes Ivonne.

Ivonne was soon diagnosed with Hodgkin’s  Lymphoma.  She underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation to eliminate the tumors.  Treatments, medical expenses, loss of a job, placed them in a situation that made the planning of a wedding impossible. Their story touched people all over the US as the outreach of donation offers came in from places other than Florida and even out of the USA. 27 Miracles and a team of generous and amazing vendors gave Ivonne and Andrew their dream wedding! Ivonne loves extravagant things at weddings but the couple also loved the idea of a romantic wedding with candles everywhere and beautiful flower centerpieces, and that is exactly what they got – and more! When you looked from afar at the dinner tables as you entered the reception room, you cannot help but think you are walking into a dream with hues of blue and white. From the tall crystal trees on the tables, to the clear glass chargers with silver edges that were on the table, no stone or décor went untouched or uncreated. The evening progressed with emotional dancing and supportive and loving toasts. Then Lara Goldman got up to say a few words.  Who is that?  She is from Romantic Travel Belize; she had flown in Friday night to be able to deliver a honeymoon surprise in person - a fabulous 5 day, 4 night stay in Tranquility Bay Resorts.  The bride and groom could hardly contain themselves as they watched a video of where they were about to jet off to.   The night ended and the married couple surrendered to tiredness, but an overwhelming happy ending…and a grateful heart! | 91

Something to Talk About: 3 Discussions to Have With Your Partner Before Saying “I Do” There are certain topics that are just plain hard to talk about, even with those we love. It’s no surprise then, that difficult topics (that are critical to a committed relationship) may not get addressed at all before marriage. Talking about important topics can produce a chemical reaction that makes you and your partner feel closer. Science tells us that in mating adults the hormone oxytocin (called “the cuddle hormone” or “the love hormone”), which is released after lovemaking is also released by both men and women when they have meaningful conversations, deepening their feelings of attachment and bonding. Whether or not you feel you could use a boost in the bonding department, learning to communicate well is a good idea in any relationship. Here are a few suggestions on how to talk about the really important things:

Talk about your Values Our personal values drive our beliefs and behaviors. They can affect how you will manage your household and most likely how you will manage your relationships, including your marriage. Similarities in value systems can become strengths for couples. Even though it’s a common belief that opposites attract, research tells us that the more similar people are in their values, backgrounds and life goals, the more likely they are to have a successful marriage. If you have decided to be married, the two of you are likely to have discussed the things that are important to you. Consider taking the discussion one step further by asking your partner to write down his/ her top values and rank the values in order of importance. After you do the same, compare your lists and discuss any glaring conflicts (such as, he values “change” and she values “tradition”). You may find opportunities to celebrate the ways in which you are alike and find a new appreciation for your differences.

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not talking about money, issues such as differences in spending habits or other money management practices may be looming in the background. In order to get things off on the right foot, have “the money talk” sooner rather than later. This discussion needs to include more than a plan on who will pay the bills and how. To truly discuss how you will handle finances, include topics such as which resources or accounts will be handled jointly versus individually, how you will handle debt, how much money you intend to save each month, and short and long-term financial goals for your family. Have you created a budget? Do you know how much money the two of you will spend on hobbies and entertainment? How about spending on gifts for family and friends? These are just a few of the topics that may not be thought about until someone over-steps a boundary they weren’t even aware of. Each relationship is different and deserves its own plan for decision making about finances, which sometimes includes a little negotiating and compromise.

Talk about sex How important is sex in a marriage? The truth is that the quality of your sex life can affect your feelings of intimacy and connectedness, feelings of respect for each other, your self-esteem, and both partners’ overall health and well being. Unfortunately, it is one of those sensitive

topics that aren’t talked about until one or both partners determine there’s a problem. When something feels “off” in the bedroom, misunderstandings and feelings of rejection can follow. Fears of being embarrassed, hurting our partner’s feelings or even not quite knowing the words to use can sometimes put the brakes on honest communication about sex. To start, learn about your partner’s likes and dislikes. Then, speak up about what you need and want. Setting expectations and making them known is usually the key. How often do we expect to have sex? Who initiates romantic encounters and how? These questions can provide a good foundation for getting the discussion started. Here’s another thing to consider: if sex isn’t being talked about, one or both of you may still be using it to get your point across. Is either of you using or withholding sex as punishment or as currency in the relationship? Are you trading sex for favors or tasks you need your partner to perform? Be direct with each other and help keep your sex life one of the many ways you express love and intimacy in your relationship and not a tool for manipulation. Nelandra Anselmo, MS, MFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist who practices in Henderson, NV. She supports couples through pre-marital and relationship therapy, education for new parents and families, and supports counselors and clergy in providing tools for strengthening marriages. She can be contacted at True Core Therapy and Wellness (www.


Destination Weddings

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Mindy Bean Photography Bride and bridesmaids enjoying the beach of St. Croix with their parasol props

Ella Gagiano Photography Exotic wedding departure in Koh Chang, Thailand

Ella Gagiano Photography Day after the wedding/trash the dress at Playa del Carmen (Cancun Mexico)

True Photography Weddings Creative capture of wedding ceremony setting

Stephani Dennis Photography Ring detail shot on orange orchid and bamboo centerpiece

Kevin Keelan Photography Shabby Chic Pennsylvania Barn Wedding

Mindy Bean Photography Simple yet romantic hurricane with candle, sand and shells True Photography Weddings Tropical destination wedding with pristine beaches and island relaxation in the Carribean

Mindy Bean Photography Tropical beverage at island wedding reception

Michael Bambino & Co. Photography Bride and groom sharing an intimate moment with the picturesque skyline

A Happy, Healthy

Honeymoon Tips for Honeymoon Bliss! Now that the wedding is over, it is time to look amazing on your honeymoon! Be sure to keep these quick tips in mind to keep yourself irresistible to your new hubby!

Check Yourself!

A month before your honeymoon, schedule a doctor’s appointment for you and your fiancé. Get a wellness checkup and confirm your immunizations are up-to-date. Review with your doctor all prescriptions you take, and get refills before you leave.

Protect your skin!

Heading for the beach? Bring along a Frisbee, have fun while exercising together. Apply and reapply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunburn is painful, damages your skin, and will certainly dampen any honeymoon activities. Keep your skin gorgeous by moisturizing often - ask your hubby to help you out! Skin needs moisturizing in both warm and cold weather.


Increase your water intake when engaging in physical activities, such as walking tours or while relaxing for hours in the sun. Hydrate with the recommended eight glasses a day of water, and drink bottled beverages. If traveling to a remote destination, read up on the quality of drinking water available.


So many yummy choices on the menu, it can be hard to resist the super-sized Piña Colada! Have fun and keep things balanced. If you splurge on Margaritas during lunch, skip dessert after dinner. Depending on your honeymoon destination, select foods cooked in restaurants, rather than those prepared by street vendors. Always double check your meat is properly cooked before eating.

Out Late?

If you’re out late having a great time, you may wake up to puffy eyes the next day. Do not panic! Simply chill two spoons in the refrigerator or in a cup of ice water for a few minutes, and gently place the backsides of the spoons over your eyes. Can’t find any spoons? Dip a cold washcloth into ice water and apply to your face for 5-10 minutes. Offer some spoons or cold washcloths to your hubby, he may need them too!


Finally, some time together, enjoy it! Disconnect from work and social media. It takes three to four days to unwind. Completely recharge yourselves and get plenty of Z’s. Just remember when you return from your honeymoon, the post-wedding buzz will begin! Mary Beth Zaber, R.N., B.S.N. P.I.N.K.E.D! Brides 94 | | 95




Beautiful Bride Expo JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa May 11, 2013



Beautiful Bride Expo Buena Vista Palace May 19, 2013 Weddings Around The World The Mezz & The Abbey April 28, 2013


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Sweetheart Soiree Courtyard by Marriott Liberty Station May 19, 2013 San Diego Wedding Party {Bridal Show} TBA The Wed Club TBA Wedding & Teen Event Expos



Bridal Extravaganza The Atlanta Convention Center August 10, 2013 Bridal Ball Grand Hyatt in Buckhead May 19, 2013


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International Wedding Festival Modesto Centre Plaza September 15, 2013 The Grand 1401 September 29, 2013


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Find your city by the color code tab!

Cities coming soon: Hawaii & South Florida Color Code Tab: Every city is color coded, making it easy to find your wedding professionals. Planning the perfect wedding starts with selecting the right vendors and assembling the Dream Team for your big day. In the following pages you will find some of the best vendors and wedding professionals in Atlanta, Central Valley, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, Orlando and San Diego that are ready to make your dreams come true. Trust the pros with your wedding, and happy planning! | 97

Who’s in Beautiful Bride Magazine? About Our Celebrity Writers

David Tutera is an artistic visionary who contributes his top tips, take on trends and overall sound advice to the readers of Beautiful Bride Magazine. David shares his innovative and inspirational abilities with brides on his TV show, “My Fair Wedding.” David has been featured on two covers of Beautiful Bride Magazine, one as himself, and another featuring his gowns by Mon Cheri Bridals. David has been featured on Oprah, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, The View, The Rachael Ray Show and more.

Preston Bailey contributes his 30 + years of experience to our planning section. Preston is best known for his ability to completely transform raw spaces into breathtaking environments and creation of unique floral designs. Within the pages of Beautiful Bride Magazine, Preston educates brides on the important components of event design and how they can translate his ideas to fit their wedding.

Known for being an “arbiter of style,” Colin Cowie has been made famous by the spectacular weddings and events he plans. With over three years contributing to Beautiful Bride Magazine, Colin shares his visions on all things wedding from the gown, to the cake, to the flowers, to the music. Colin uses an experiential approach to design, incorporating all of the senses to carefully orchestrated to create the ultimate experience for Colin’s clients.

All eyes are on the bride. And all brides are tuning into Randy Fenoli’s series of hit TV shows! With his signature phrase, “Hello Beautiful!” Randy contributes to our gowns section, and that is a big responsibility. Randy believes that every bride is beautiful, no matter what their age, size or shape, and gives brides the peace of mind they desire when shopping for the perfect gown. You can watch Randy on Say Yes to the Dress, Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss, Randy Knows Best, and Randy to the Rescue.

Known for her trademark eyeglasses, Sylvia Weinstock has been creating iconic wedding cakes for more than 30 years. Sylvia prides herself on using only the finest ingredients available, including crme de la crme, finest butter, heavy cream, fresh fruit and imported chocolate to create her memorable cakes. Within the pages of Beautiful Bride, Sylvia not only tips for choosing the perfect cake but answers our readers toughest questions on everything wedding.

A proud West Virginian, Monte Durham’s interest in fashion was ignited by his stylish mother and honed through educations in fashion merchandising and hair styling. During his career as a personal shopper, Monte learned that fashionable women needed help accessorizing and styling their hair. And Monte delivered. Seamlessly transitioning into the bridal industry, Monte is providing the same service to our readers – building the look beyond the dress – and much, much more. You can watch Monte on TLC’s hit show Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta.

Internationally renowned bridal stylist Renée Strass is one of the wedding industry’s top bridal fashion experts. She is currently starring in the hit  reality show Brides of Beverly Hills on TLC, which is now in its second season, and frequently offers her expertise and styles for film, television and commercial production. She has also owned and operated her bridal salon, now located on La Cienega, at the cusp of the famed Melrose Place in Los Angeles, for over 30 years.

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Getting Married in...


rlando weddings are known to be romantic, elegant and beautiful. Fresh greenery surroundings, waterfront venues and towering palm trees swaying in the light breeze present a tropical, pleasant ambiance and atmosphere that says elegant, the wonderful wedding you’ve always dreamed of. Known for being magical, thanks to Walt Disney, Orlando weddings are some of the most sophisticated and elegant weddings in the United States. Whether it’s getting the royal treatment for the day, or celebrating your love in a modern museum, you can find your perfect venue in Orlando and all of Central Florida In this city of beauty, soon-to-be wed couples have bountiful options for the perfect ceremony and reception. Make sure your event is up to par when hosting it at one of the area’s many gorgeous golf courses. Explore the beauty of nature with an event to remember in a garden, or celebrate your nuptials at one of the many, upscale hotels. Whatever your taste or style, Orlando can make your dreams a reality. Orlando is also popular for destination weddings. Pristine beaches and beautiful lake front locations offer a peaceful bohemian setting. No matter what type of venue you choose, make sure the day is a true reflection of you and your love. The possibilities are endless and we are proud to present to you our top ten ideas to help your dream wedding come true.




Incredible Ways to Get Married in Orlando Disney Weddings A fairytale wedding at Walt Disney World Resort would make any bride feel like a princess. There are several magical ceremony locations to choose from. Use Cinderella’s Castle as an exquisite backdrop at Magic

Orlando Kingdom Park’s Swan Boat Landing. Disney’s wedding pavilion sets the scene of a classic Victorian summer home. The bride and groom can majestically say I do with Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings with their Escape Collection, Wishes Collection or Couture Collection by David Tutera. Or perhaps your dream wedding is somewhere exotic. You don’t have to travel out of the country to experience a different culture. Epcot offers unforgettable globally inspired venues such as Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morroco and the United Kingdom. These enchanting places are sure to fulfill a bride’s wedding fantasy.


Country Club WeddingsThere is just something stunning about a golf course. At Harbor Hills Country Club, an outdoor wedding on their charming terrace overlooks a spectacular vista of Lake Griffin. Wrought iron balconies are draped with different colored sashes. Exchange marriage vows beneath a gracefully decorated arbor covered with flowers, surrounded by green rolling hills and tall palm trees. White wedding chairs on the perfectly manicured lawns at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club surround both sides of a walkway scattered with rose petals leading up to an Amish gazebo. The ballroom at Windermere Country Club gives breathtaking views of the surrounding golf course from the veranda. At The Villas of Grand Cypress, a white horse-drawn carriage creates a cherished memory on this special day. This blissful hideaway has a lakeside terrace and spacious ballrooms.


Resort/Hotel Weddings Luxurious five-star resorts are perfect venues for a wedding and Orlando has some of the finest. On International Drive, The Peabody Orlando holds a timeless elegance. The lush outdoor gardens, extravagant marble halls, cascading waterfalls and exotic orchids combine to form the perfect backdrop. For a more tropical themed union, Buena Vista Palace’s Islander Atrium is an alluring place. A dramatic two-story waterfall completes the lovely scenery. Celebration Hotel has elegant lakeside ballrooms with floor to ceiling windows and French doors leading out to an attractive terrace revealing a brilliant view of the lake.


Paradise Cove Photography by: Castaldo Studios

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Private Venue Weddings A club or event center offers creative space for the bride and groom. The Heaven Event Center is a blank canvas giving the couple room to create the wedding of their dreams. White couches and sheer white pipe and drape give a contemporary feel. State-ofthe-art LED lighting equipment is available for use. The location has a gorgeous lakefront view and two outdoor terraces that are illuminated in blue. For a modern vibe, the Citrus Club has spacious private dining rooms with skyline views.

____________________________ orlando breezes, breathtaking sunrises and the sandy white beach only add to this already enchanting place.


Harry P Leu Gardens


Garden Weddings Take advantage of the delightful weather in Orlando by getting married in a garden. A gazebo surrounded by twinkling lights and flowers with a covered pavilion can be found in English Gardens, a private garden venue. At Harry P. Leu Gardens, 50 acres of southern-styled gardens provide many different site choices. Paved scenic walkways wind throughout the blooming foliage. The largest formal rose garden in Florida resides here as well as two acres of tropical stream gardens.


Restaurant Weddings Restaurants combine worldclass cuisine with the ability to provide any atmosphere envisioned. Maison & Jardin, a once intimate tearoom, has transformed into one of Florida’s finest restaurants. The five-acre property is a beautiful spot for nuptials. Intimate wedding ceremonies can be held in their gardens. Park Plaza Gardens’ atrium dining room holds an amber glow. Their contemporary cuisine can be customized to the happy couple’s tastes. Specialty décor adorns the tables. Maggiano’s has rich, beautiful rooms offering privacy with elegant table settings and adjustable lighting. The award-winning fair at 310 Park South can be served in their private event rooms overlooking Lake Eola. Outdoor dining is available as well, with spacious views of the lake. At Bice Ristorante guests can be serenaded by Italian Opera Singers performing from the hotel balcony. Enjoy northern Italian dishes while overlooking Portofino Bay.


Universal Orlando Weddings At Universal Orlando, a bride can think outside the ballroom. Weddings are created for each individual bride making the ceremony truly unique and special. Amazing backdrops can be customized like the iconic buildings of New York City. The bright lights set a glamorous tone. In the Garden of Allah set the scene in a romantic Ancient Mayan courtyard. Giant palm trees fill the skies at Jurassic Park Landing and the bride and groom tie the knot beneath a charming white archway overlooking the lake. With so many different venues at one location, creativity has no bounds.


Beach Weddings Saying I do while barefoot in the sand with the waves crashing against the shore makes the beach a dream venue. Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront uses their beautiful, wide beach for flawless ceremonies. Pristine sand, clear blue water and blissful weather gives an amazing setting to a bride’s wedding vision. At The Shores Resort and Spa, views of the majestic Atlantic Ocean can be seen from the top floor of this luxurious beachfront resort. Beachside nuptials can be said on the balcony creating a perfect memory for couples and guests. Sultry

Museum Weddings A museum offers a classic and historic setting for ceremonies. Fabulous art and white marble floors serve as a striking backdrop at Orlando Museum of Art. The Mayan Courtyard at Art & History Museums, Maitland is truly a unique experience for a wedding. Embellished tiles grace the walkways and attractive landscaping enhances the backyard vibe making the bride and groom feel as if they have been transported to another time. Lovingly recite your heartfelt vows by the small pond in their bewitching chapel. Elaborate sculptures and carved floors add character to this intimate location. The serenity of the Main Garden provides a reflection pond and fountain. The Orange County Regional History Center fashions monumental events as their facility only books one wedding a day. Whether the ceremony is held in the classic taste of Courtroom B or an outdoor ceremony in the beautiful Heritage Square Courtyard, a bride’s imagination has no limits.


Lakefront Weddings With over a hundred different lakes, Orlando is home to many gorgeous waterfront venues. At Paradise Cove, the grounds are covered in swaying palms and cypress trees. White sandy beaches and tiki torches finish the Polynesian look. Strings of lights decorate the pavilion deck area. Lake Bryan creates a picturesque backdrop for a tropical wedding. Cypress Pointe at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress features a 16’ gazebo on the shores of Lake Windsong. Exchange vows while graceful white swans swim across the water. For a grandiose affair the Walt Disney World Grand Cypress Ballroom gives a formal setting. In a Victorian Tea Garden at Lakeside Inn couples can hold hands while looking at panoramic views of the stunning lake. Orlando offers many beautiful options for your perfect wedding day. Whether it is a traditional or modern wedding, a magical or serene affair, there is something to satisfy every bride’s tastes and desires. No matter what your dream wedding is, allow one of Orlando’s extraordinary wedding venues to become your reality. To make your Orlando dream wedding come true, check out the following pages where you’ll find the best Orlando has to offer in fine Publishers, Beautiful Bride Orlando

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Marriage License Details Before getting married in Florida, both the bride and groom must go together to the Clerk of the Court office and apply in person. You both need to bring your social security number and one of the following forms of identification: driver’s license (or other government issued ID), passport or military ID. If either of you have been married before, you must provide the month, day and year in which the previous marriage ended. If you have children together that were born in the state of Florida, you are required to fill out form DH743A and have it notarized, which you can do at the office for an additional $7. There is a three-day waiting period for those who live in Florida; however, the waiting period is waived if you have proof that you took the premarital preparation course with a qualified provider. There is no waiting period for nonresidents. What is the fee for a marriage license? The fee for your marriage license is $93.50 and payable by cash, money order, Discover, MasterCard or American Express. The marriage license is valid for 60 days from the time you apply for it. Requirements for Marriage License No classes are required, but a four-hour premarital preparation course is offered. If you bring the certificate of completion with you, you will be given a $32.50 discount on the total fee for your license. Florida does not require blood tests. Are there any other tests required when applying? Couples are required to read a handbook (supplied by the clerk) and sign a statement of completion before applying for a license. This can be done at the time you apply for the license. Florida marriage license now available by mail: If you are from out of the state or country you can now apply for a marriage license by mail. Please visit for details. For More Information within the Orlando Area Call: 407.836.2067 or visit 104 |

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Tips From the Pros

Learn from the Best.

Perfecting the Atmosphere with Lighting

Set Your Priorities

The most important detail you can decide for your wedding is the date and location. Your guests and vendors can’t plan anything until those two items are set. That generally starts your timeline and really starts all the fun planning. While you are planning, develop a realistic timeline. By doing this you can see what tasks need the most advanced planning and those that will just fall into place monthly.

Event lighting is the most necessary part of event design. Perfectly executed and devised lighting design can take a basic ballroom into an elegantly inspiring event. Understand the ambiance
and the atmosphere of your chosen venue. This will help dictate what type of décor will
give you the vision you want to achieve. You don’t want you guests unable
to grasp the ‘vision’ you are aiming for due to insufficient lighting of the room.

Allison Y. Gauthier, PBC Special Events Coordinator, Get Lit Lighting Productions

Leave the Sweets to a Professional

There is so much to be done for your big day that it is best to leave the candy buffet to a professional company. They will spend the time with table sizes, candy needed, containers, set up, breakdown and restocking of the buffet. It is one less thing for you to have to worry about. Leave it to a professional and take time to enjoy your big day. – Lorraine Ellis Candy Consultant, Orlando Candy Buffet

Guest Lists

When you begin the planning process, I highly suggest starting with your budget and your guest list. Many couples know the amount they have to spend, but without a guest list, it’s hard to know how far that money has to go. Having more guests doesn’t just mean more food; it means more of everything. Don’t just guess how many people might attend. Sit down with your fiancé and your families to get a solid first draft of everyone you want to invite. It will give you an idea of how far you may need to stretch your budget.

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Owner, Anna Christine Events

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Be Yourself and Make it Your Own

Rather than worry about what is traditionally done during a wedding, focus on how and what you would like to experience on your big day. Incorporate your favorite food, color or hobby. Your family and friends attend your wedding because they love and support you. The more of your personal taste and style they see, the more they will love and appreciate it. There is no right or wrong, so don’t be afraid to experiment. – Sascha Voss Event & Wedding Specialist Holiday Inn, Walt Disney World Resort

Design Your Vision

Creating the perfect ambiance for your wedding reception is essential; it sets the tone and reflects your style. Start collecting photos of things you like, its great inspiration for your vendors. We create mock-up boards throughout our process so brides not only have a visual of how their dream wedding will come to life, but keeps us all on track with making decisions, staying on budget and focusing on priorities.

– Suzanne Nichols

Alisha Borrelli Designer Events by Suzanne Nichols Design Group

It’s All About You

Incorporate your favorite things into your wedding, and really have your personalities shine through. Remember this is more than just an awesome party it’s two people proclaiming their love in front of their friends and family. Whatever you choose, don’t lose sight that it is about the two of you- so don’t sweat the small stuff because at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is that you are married! – Adrienne Rundell Clearly In Focus Photography

When and How to Select Your Gown

Selecting a gown is probably the most important thing a bride will do. Start your search early - it may take up to 6 or 8 months for a gown to arrive after it’s been ordered. Build in an additional 4-6 weeks for alterations, depending on the amount and/or complexity of the changes. Finally, be sure to pick a style that flatters your figure and reflects your personality. – Rania Hatoum Rania Hatoum Collection

Don’t Let Your RSVP’s Cause You Stress

I’ve seen so many couples make the mistake of sending their invitations out late or having the RSVP deadline too close to their wedding date. That is one way to potentially cause yourself so much more stress than you might already be getting at this time. The sooner you can finalize your guest count and any special needs, the sooner you can finalize everything with your vendors and breathe towards the end. – Brittany Johnson Event Coordinator Cocktails Catering | 107

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hen it comes to Las Vegas weddings, there are numerous ways to tie the knot and all of them memorable and unique. In this “Wedding Capital of the World,” your options are endless. A couple can say their vows on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, overlooking the dazzling lights of the city. Or they can experience their first kiss as husband and wife completely surrounded by lush gardens and beautiful waterfalls. A more traditional bride may prefer to celebrate her union in a classic chapel, creating an elegant and intimate atmosphere. Long gone are the days of cheesy “Vegas Weddings.” No more puffy-sleeved bridesmaid dresses and plastic flowers. Getting married in Vegas doesn’t necessarily mean drive-through wedding chapels or hearing Elvis say, “You may now kiss the bride.” The old Vegas wedding chapel has given way to the new gorgeous and beautiful wedding salons found in most of the new beautiful Las Vegas Strip hotels and resorts. Vegas has blossomed into an enchanting, elegant and romantic place to get married. Whatever your style, whatever your vision, Las Vegas is the place to make it happen. Here, you truly can have the wedding of your dreams. Although this special day is all about the bride and groom, it doesn’t hurt to have the wedding in a place that the guests find appealing, as well. With beautiful weather, high-end locations and plenty of activities to do, who wouldn’t want to come to Vegas for a wedding? There are hundreds of different ways to get married in Vegas, but we’ve narrowed it down to the Top 10.




Incredible Ways to Get Married in Las Vegas Country Club Weddings: A country club venue offers a gorgeous wedding on a pristine golf course with green fairways, glistening

lakes, soothing waterfalls and towering palm trees. Getting

married here offers brides a luxurious and elegant wedding

Las Vegas experience, and invites a private, intimate setting. An outdoor ceremony can be done poolside by cascading waterfalls or on the driving range.

In the evening, a stunning desert sunset going over the lofty Spring Mountains is sure to give a beautiful backdrop to any wedding. For indoor

ceremonies, stylish ballrooms are available for an intimate or grand affair, as well as clubhouses with impressive architecture, including balconies

overlooking the perfectly manicured golf course. Whether the wedding takes place indoors or outdoors, a country club gives an elegant setting.


Chapel Weddings: Getting married in a chapel combines a romantically private union with levels of grandiose fashion.

Many resorts have more than one chapel to choose from. Decor styles range from traditional to modern and from simple

to extravagant. Hand-blown glass chandeliers hang from the ceilings or stained-glass windows may adorn the walls. Architectural sconces and

lavish draperies create a look that is elegant and timeless. Fresh flowers and breathtaking fountains decorate the beautiful grounds. At Forever

Grand, The Wedding Chapel at MGM Grand, colors of ivory, pearl and rose set the tone of romance and music playing from the baby grand

piano makes for an unforgettable moment. The Little Church of the West, one of the original chapels in Las Vegas, is decorated with Victorian lamps, wooden pews and an interior of California redwood, adding to the

unique charm of this historic chapel. Chapel of the Flowers features a glass garden filled with glass flowers. Another chapel at Mandalay Bay is built on the shores of an 11-acre tropical lagoon.


Airplane Weddings: For the more adventurous bride and groom,

getting married in the air is the perfect way to say I do. Say your vows on an airplane over the bright lights of the Strip getting

a fantastic view of the city. Local private air charters offers

champagne and chocolate covered strawberries before take off. You can

hover over the amazing sites of the Grand Canyon by helicopter. The flight gives a couple birds-eye views of places like the Hoover Dam, Lake

Mead and the magnificent Grand Canyon while sitting in the comfort of an air-conditioned helicopter. Land on a private bluff and exchange your vows while overlooking the mighty Colorado River.


Resort Weddings: Resorts offer many different packages to fit any bride. Dream to get married under the Eiffel Tower or at The Venetian, standing above the impressive bridge, Ponte di Piazza, overlooking the myriad of canals winding throughout

old world Venice. At the Bellagio, receive a congratulatory round of

applause from the fountains as they soar into the air after saying I do

on the Terrazza di Sogno. On a breezy desert night, the rooftop terrace

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Waterfront Weddings: A waterfront wedding is a secluded, whimsical destination. Flowing willow trees set the stage for nostalgia and

romance at Lakeside Weddings. Majestic lake-front views and

budding rose gardens give a serene setting. An elegant gazebo

can be used for ceremonies overlooking the lakefront at The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa. Sparking fire pits add warmth to the bohemian atmosphere. At Ravella, a Tuscan-inspired chapel overlooks the gleaming

lake from atop a bridge modeled after Italy’s famous Ponte Vecchio. For The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa

Las Vegas Strip and surrounding mountains. Get married in a beautiful

stained-glass chapel or in a private courtyard, surrounded by flowers

at Caesars Palace. If the couple prefers an indoor occasion, luxurious

ballrooms and elegant banquet halls are available for a grandiose affair. Ballrooms at the JW Marriott are decorated with crystal chandeliers and detailed wood finish. For a more modern venue like the Platinum Hotel,

sleek furnishings are featured. Some ballrooms and banquet halls offer a dazzling floor to ceiling view of elegant patio terraces. The ideas are limitless.


a lapping wave pool where tiki torches, palm groupings and white garden chairs decorate the venue.


Private Venue Weddings: With indoor and outdoor options, private venues are a popular choice for a bride


and groom. Some venues


Unique Weddings: Las Vegas is also home to many unique

weddings. Chapel of the Dreams at Madame Tussauds is a

setting unlike any other; after the ceremony, enjoy a guided tour where photos can be taken with over 100 lifelike wax

groom are completely surrounded by 1.3 million gallons of seawater

and 15 species of sharks. The song ship at Treasure Island provides

an intimate wedding within Sirens Cove. Glide along the Grand Canal

in The Venetian and capture the romance of Venice on a beautifully decorated white gondola while being serenaded by a gondolier.

Mountain Weddings: Enjoy your wedding surrounded by nature and wildlife in the mountains. An elegant gazebo with decorative

arbors on the Canyon Terrace, at The Resort on Mount Charleston, complements the beautiful natural surroundings of

the mountain and the forest. Indoors, a mammoth pine post serves as a dramatic centerpiece in the Aspen Room. This mountaintop chateau serves as a cozy, warm and romantic venue. The rich natural rolling beauty of the Sheep and Spring Mountains are found at Las Vegas Paiute.

Ambrosial greens and sparkling lakes add to the peaceful ceremony. Clear blue skies and golden hues of glorious sunsets perfect the scene.

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Garden Weddings: An old-fashioned wooden gazebo is often the focal point in a garden wedding. Acres of

private gardens create a peaceful setting at The Secret Garden. Rare blooming flowers and hundreds of mature

trees filled with white twinkle lights set a romantic tone. During the day, natural light floods the space, generating an inviting atmosphere. At night, the open air and glowing park lamps create a moment worth savoring. An enchanting garden with patios, pavilions, benches and fountains add to the ceremony.

No matter what your dream wedding is, allow one of Las Vegas’ extraordinary wedding venues

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Restaurant Weddings: Restaurants combine world-class cuisine

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with the ability to provide any atmosphere envisioned. Whether

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brides dream of a fun, German-themed event at Hofbräuhaus

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Las Vegas, a tropical paradise at Cili at Bali Hai, a posh

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draped ceilings, roman columns and marbled walls. Customized lighting

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figures of celebrities. At the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, a bride and


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Las Vegas is a magical wedding destination that can professionally host weddings for any budget, number of guests and wildest of dreams.

There is no doubt about it - Las Vegas is the number one wedding destination and wedding capital of the U.S., with over 100,000 weddings performed each year.  Las Vegas destination weddings has it all: the top hotels offering the best luxury in European, historical and Hollywood style; top fashion and haute couture; best in a wide variety of adult entertainment and attractions; and the world’s top-rated dining. With hundreds of wedding venues to choose from, everyone’s dream wedding can come true.  Las Vegas is the only place in the world where a couple can visit the Statue of Liberty, climb the Eiffel Tower, sail a pirate ship, ride in a gondola along a rustic canal and then be married inside an Egyptian pyramid on the same day. What better place to celebrate your bachelor/ ette parties, get married and enjoy your honeymoon all at one time? We can now add “night clubs” to Las Vegas’ generous list of wedding related venues. And there is no better company to be launching this tasking endeavor. AMG (Angel Management Group) has built an unrivalled reputation as a premier entertainment and nightlife company and will begin incorporating wedding packages into their events.

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Destination weddings are so magical to fantasize about! You can keep this feeling by avoiding getting overwhelmed in the planning phase. There are an endless amount of wedding offerings to spend money on. Often, it seems, making one decision gives rise to being faced with another and another. For example, this can also happen when deciding on the bar beverage options -- hosted or cash bars, -- all of which can lead to decisions about adding dinner wine service and after dinner cordials. Don’t let this glaze you over in confusion and frustration! For a destination wedding – one held away from your sphere of familiarity – it’s usually wise to engage the services of an independent wedding planner or coordinator. Trusting the experts to do their magic in their own backyard will greatly reduce your stress and worry about the wedding details. This will allow you to focus on your guest list, travel plans, packing for your trip(s) and enjoying your family and friends before, during and after the wedding. By explaining your desires in detail -- flowers, colors, foods and, of course, your budget you will enable your wedding planner to know what vendors, menus and entertainment to recommend. When interviewing candidate planners, be sure to look for those who spend more time asking questions about you than telling you about themselves! Although your goal is creating a memorable experience for yourselves, you will want to also consider what will enhance the experience for those you invite to join you on your happy occasion. Enhancing your guests’ experiences can start by choosing a wedding destination that is affordable to get to, and one that offers a variety of suitable entertainment and dining options. They will probably enjoy a location where they can fashion their own little mini-vacation build around a centerpiece that is your wedding function. Plan for the important parts of the ceremony and reception but don’t “over plan.” What truly makes your wedding will be your guest dynamics and that spontaneous magic you cannot plan. It just happens when you create an atmosphere of comfort, gratitude and love.

Enjoy your destination! Lisa Lynn is a Certified Meeting Professional and a Certified Professional Catering Executive with over 10 years of experience in the wedding industry. Lisa Lynn in best known for her ability to troubleshoot all of your wedding questions, but if she doesn’t know the answer, she for sure knows someone who does!

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Marriage License Details Las Vegas Marriage License Details There is no blood test or waiting period in Nevada. You must be 18 unless you have your parents’ consent. Each party must have a state ID, military ID, passport, or original birth certificate. Social security numbers are also required. Your marriage license will be good for one year from the time you secure it. The marriage license fee is $55, and it must be paid in cash. There must be at least one additional witness other than the person performing the ceremony. Those couples who reside outside the U.S. will need to provide proof of their birthdates, such as a passport or other country-issued ID, in order to obtain a marriage license. There is no other special documentation that will need to be provided. Those couples will need to contact officials in their country of origin to find out how to register their marriage at home.

Marriage License Office & Hours: Clark County Marriage Bureau 201 Clark Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89155-1603 Phone: 702.671.0600 Hours: Open daily 8 a.m. to midnight, including holidays

The Famous Las Vegas Strip You are in Vegas, where is a better place to have a bachelorette party than here on the Las Vegas Strip. There are numerous night clubs to go and dance the night away. There are male review shows also that are a night of fun. Rent a limo for the night and just cruise the Strip. There are very nice restaurants overlooking the Strip to enjoy a bottle of wine and enjoy each other’s conversation.

The Best Of Las Vegas

Even off of the Strip, Las Vegas plays host to numerous locations that are perfect for your bachelorette party. From the great restaurants boasting unique food and drink selections, to amazing wine bars, there is something to satisfy every interest. What better way to celebrate with your best girlfriends than having a relaxing spa day complete with massages, manicures and mimosas! Or you can rent a limo and have a nite out at one of the off-strip nightclubs while toasting to your loving future!

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Tips From the Pros

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Pick the Person

When choosing vendors for your wedding, choose those that you have a connection with on a personal level. Not only will those vendors understand what you, your fiancé, and your wedding, they will also be willing to go above and beyond what you have paid for. Pick the person, not the company! – Brittney Belanger Cravin’ Cake Bakery,LLC

Designing Your New Life

When couple's come to register I ask, "do you know what you want to register for?" They look at each other, then me. Talk about your future home together. Decide on color's, theme's, china. Come with a list so your Bridal Consultant can assist you better and mostly HAVE FUN! – Joyce Perez Bridal Marketing Specialist Dillards

So Many Options

Since summer weddings tend to be the priciest, plan to have your wedding on a day other than Saturday, which is the most popular day to get married. Opting for a Friday or Sunday wedding instead will save you money and because most venues tend not to get booked up on those days, you’ll have a better chance of getting your dream wedding. – Patrick Bryant Director of Special Events and Catering Michael Corrigan Restaurant Group Vintner Grill, Vintner Grill Strip, Agave and Roadrunner Restaurants

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Don’t Overlook the Details

Details, details, details! It is the little things that complete the look and feel that you are creating for your special day. Don’t cut yourself short. Work with your florist to find the little details that can be added throughout to complete your day. These can include finishing touches on the escort card table to charger plates on the guest table settings… don’t leave out the details. – Michelle Howard Flora Couture 2000

Reflect Your Personalities

The best engagement photos are created when the bride and groom collaborate with their photographer by exchanging visions. If you met in a bakery, go there and enjoy a tasty treat together while your photographer captures the scene. Engagement photos should reflect your personalities and represent who you are as a couple. – Laura Graves Top Banana Photography

Embrace Your Personality

Wedding gowns have personality, be sure to find one that matches yours. The best compliment you can get on your gown is “That dress is so her,” not “That’s a pretty dress.” You have to look like you on your wedding day, so be sure to try on and buy a dress that reflects your personality. Also be sure to shop in advance, wedding dresses can take up to six months to be custom ordered. – Evana Hulsey, Owner Bowties Bridal

Memories Displayed

How will you use your preengagement photos? Before your shoot, think where your photos will be used as these will be stunning images of you both. Will you be using them for accent photos at your wedding? Hanging a canvas on your wall?  These are just a few questions you should be posing to your photographer so that your money is well spent. – Chris Larotondo Photos By Larotonda

Understand Diamond Pricing

When comparing diamonds with a reputable jeweler, always ask why a particular diamond is more or less expensive than another. That way you are not just shopping for price, you understand the reason why they are priced differently. You will need to shop around to educate your eye, as well as your mind, to learn what appeals to you. The more diamonds you see, the better you will be able to judge them. – Allison Israel GIA Graduate Gemologist T-Bird Jewels

Tuxedo Tips

When shopping for tuxedos, look for a store that has instock merchandise. This is a big plus in assuring your gentlemen will be properly attired. You will be able to look at actual colors of accessories, try on items to assure a proper fit and see what style tuxedo would be the best compliment to the groom and his party. More importantly, a store with inventory on hand will be able to accommodate any last minute orders, changes or adjustments. – Mikka Moon Tuxedo Junction

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Tips From the Pros

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Your Wedding Night

Everyone hopes they have a fun-filled, romantic night with their new spouse on their wedding day, but often exhaustion sets in. Make a plan and take lessons in the art of striptease. You will learn a simple dance that is sure to make your special night one to remember. –Fawnia Dietrich Pole Fitness Studio

Bat Those Lashes

Fake eyelashes are a great way to enhance your eye makeup. Whether you use a single strip lash, corner lashes or individuals they will help to give you that WOW factor that you’re looking for. Be sure to test out various styles of lashes before the wedding to insure that they are the right length and the look that you want. – Whitney Urichuk CEO One Luv

Good Company

It is very important that you get along with your photographer as you’ll be spending a large part of the day with them, and if you do not like them, you will not get good photographs. If the photographer you are interviewing is someone you like, this is a great start. If they make you feel negative for any reason, you are better off looking elsewhere.

– Joshua Barut Josh and Jen Photography

Find a Photographer Who is, First and Foremost, Qualified

Photography is an art that requires a surprising amount of skill. Take the time to meet your photographer; don’t be afraid to call them and build a relationship. Tell them what you like in an image, maybe it’s a pose, nice lighting or even some stylistic editing. These are your wedding photos. You will never have the chance to retake them. – Ella Gagiano, Ella Gagiano Photography

Fashionable Bridesmaids Dresses

Dreading bridesmaids dresses are a thing of the past. Bridesmaids can now feel comfortable knowing that they are wearing a great dress that they can wear again to another party or event. Pockets and shorter hemlines are very much in style. Mixing and matching the dress style but unifying it with fabric and color is a great way to ensure each bridesmaid is comfortable in her dress.

– Jamie Johnson, Bella Bridesmaid

Know What You Want Before You Start Looking

Don’t overlook the basic, first steps. Have some ideas and examples ready to present to your coordinator. Have your own food menu and bar package suggestions. Have a color scheme and seating layout in mind. Have your numbers ready (number of guests, date of event, time of event, etc.) Don’t drop in unexpectedly; always make appointments to meet your vendors and for site visits. Understand, and be realistic, about your budget. And know your guests’ tastes.

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Dear Las Vegas Bride, When it comes to planning a wedding, some brides tend to think that they can do everything by themselves, without any help. I know this because I was one of those brides and all of my wedding plans were falling apart with each coming day. I was six months away from my wedding and didn’t even have my ceremony or reception site! That’s when my Maid of Honor gave me this magazine and said that it helped her with her wedding and to check it out. You’re joking right?!? A magazine is supposed to help plan my wedding? Sure enough, within three weeks of reading the Las Vegas Bride Magazine my problems were solved. With the “Ceremony/Reception Site Guide”, I found a gorgeous reception site, as well as a beautiful ceremony location that tied into my tropical paradise theme and exceeded all of my expectations. Thank you Las Vegas Bride! Justine & Phil Dear Las Vegas Bride, Literally five minutes after my now husband proposed to me, my mind shot straight into planning my wedding! But where was I supposed to begin? Flowers, colors, and my dress… ahhh it was too much! I had no basis of where to start, I didn’t know how to organize my thoughts and I couldn’t find anything to fit my budget. That all changed after I came across the Las Vegas Bride Magazine. Not only did it take a load of stress off of my back, but it helped me to find everything I needed to make the wedding of my dreams a reality. I found all of my vendors within the pages of the magazine and got tips on staying organized and relaxed through the whole process. A world of thanks! Cheryl & Brad Dear Las Vegas Bride, The idea of planning my wedding was both exciting and overwhelming! Here I was, about to plan one of the most important days of my life and I didn’t know where to begin! I was unable to squeeze a wedding planner into my budget, so I was on my own. I was so ecstatic when I came across Las Vegas Bride Magazine! It had everything that I needed. From the “Month to Month Wedding Timeline” to “Reception Etiquette!” there were so many helpful topics that I hadn’t thought about. I used this magazine every day in my planning. One of my favorite sections in the magazine is the “Tips from the Pros”. It was so nice to read helpful advice from the wedding professionals themselves! I felt like I had the inside scoop. Las Vegas Bride made my wedding planning smooth and enjoyable. Thank you so much! Rachel and Victor Las Vegas Bride, When my now husband, Justin, popped the question during a faux commercial filming, I knew that I had to get started right away on décor, floral and design options. I turned to Las Vegas Bride Magazine because it has a wealth of vendors and venues featured within its pages. I know that a business in Las Vegas Bride Magazine is a business that I can trust. On a day this important, why would anyone need to look elsewhere for advice, etiquette tips, planning ideas and vendor referrals? Justin and I shared a magical wedding in June of 2009 with the assistance of the best vendors in Las Vegas! Take care, Christie and Justin

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Tips From the Pros

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The Perfect Wedding Location

Hold your ceremony and reception at the same venue; consider a destination location that provides outdoor ceremony sites. Be sure the location has an indoor “Inclement Weather Plan”, catering, food and beverage services, and guest room’s accommodations, this way your guests can enjoy a worry-free getaway while sharing in your special day. – Robert Adam Director of Catering & Conference Services The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa

Choosing Your Wedding Day Ride

When making arrangements for transportation on your wedding day, there are several questions that you want to ask. What is the minimum number of hours required for vehicle charters? Is the driver gratuity included in the quote? Are the chauffeurs required to wear a uniform? Small details like these will determine if that company will value your business on such an important day. – Nicole Feely Earth Limos & Buses

Love and Light

It is important to realize where the look of radiance comes from. Radiance and glowing beauty start from your cells. As your cells become healthy and plump, fulfilling all of their obligations to your body so then do you look your best. Start by adding far infrared to your regime and watch as your cells respond by eliminating what they do not need and start doing what they were programmed for. – Bianca Paris, Circuit Spa

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Plan Ahead

Plan ahead—even if you are not sure of your actual numbers for your wedding. It is always best to start booking at the higher numbers for tables, chairs, linens or chair covers. It is always easier to take away than add if your numbers go up at a rental store. Most rental companies will ask for at least 50 percent down and 100 percent the week of your event if it is booked more than 30 days out. – Desiree LeDesma RSVP Party and Tent Rentals

Keep Photography in Your Timeline

Most couples that know photography is a very important part of your big day. Make sure you include your photographer when planning your timeline. The most common mistake we see is that couples don’t include time for romantic photos of just the bride and groom. Skilled and caring photographers will spend the extra time to listen to you and give experienced input on your day’s timeline. – Mindy Bean Mindy Bean Photography

Casino Hotel Resorts are Great Places for Local and Destination Wedding Events

These facilities are a onestop-shop for ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, bachelor/ bachelorette events, afterglow brunches and of course lodging. Holding events at these locations is easy as they have a variety of restaurants, shops and entertainment for your guests to enjoy. Guests love to attend destination weddings where they can partake of the scheduled wedding activities and are able to explore the casino resorts during their free time. – Lisa Lynn Backus, CMP, CPCE Catering & Convention Services Manager Las Vegas Meetings by Caesars Entertainment Bally’s Las Vegas & Paris Las Vegas

Your Invitations

Your invitations are the first items your guests receive and they set the entire tone and mood for the event, so make them memorable! Choose unique options that are special to your relationship and make sure to enclose necessary information, such as itineraries and accommodations, to assist your guests. Make your invites special with creative elements and they will become treasured keepsakes of your special day! – Cathy Colbert 1st Impressions Invitations

Hair & Makeup to you!

Instead of finding a salon to haul your wedding party to, find hair and makeup artists that will come to you. Having them onsite to help you and your bridal party to get ready will reduce the stress that you may have about travel timing, your girls getting lost and trying to keep your hair and makeup intact in the time between the appointment and the actual ceremony. – Stevee Danielle, Stevee Danielle Hair & Makeup | 207

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urprisingly Cincinnati has a plethora of venue options to get married and have your wedding reception. Although the weather is a factor when choosing an outdoor venue, there are still plenty of options during those colder months in and around the city. From metropolitan areas to country setting options, getting married in Cincinnati is a win-win.




Incredible Ways to Get Married in Cincinnati

Outdoor Weddings Although the colder months can extend from October to April in and around Cincinnati, there are amazing one of a kind venues to have your wedding. At Oneonta you can hold everything from the ceremony in their chapel, reception options galore on their beautiful grounds, to overnight stays at their old time mansion. Open from May 1 - Nov 1, brides and grooms can feel like they are having a destination wedding just 20 miles outside of the city. Other outdoor options include the unique Anderson Center whether you prefer an outdoor ceremony set on the Plaza or a stylish ceremony in the Theater.


Historic Venues With Cincinnati having so much rich history, there are options for venues reflecting that very possibility in and around the city. The Peterloon Foundation is an option that has so many possibilities. Built to rival the grandest houses of Europe and America, brides and grooms will have so many choices on their lavish grounds and also in the home’s historic living, dining and library rooms to create a memorable experience. The Glendale Lyceum is also a popular outdoor option as it’s character and charm as well as convenient location offer

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Cincinnati guests a historic venue with quiet elegance and numerous amenities.


Unique Venues There are many one of a kind venues in Cincinnati for brides and grooms looking for something that is anything but traditional. The Newport Aquarium is set right on the riverbank of the Ohio River and for guests this is a main attraction at the wedding. From the exhibits of aquatic wildlife to the breathtaking backdrops on the patios, the Newport Aquarium offers a wide variety of uniqueness that attracts local couples. The Cincinnati Zoo also offers a matchless experience by being able to accommodate groups of any size, with choices of indoor as well as outdoor options, and customizing every detail. The Newport Syndicate can take your event to the next level with it’s gorgeous ambience like crystal chandeliers, solid oak bars, and largest dance floor in the area guests will feel like they’re a VIP at this charming and unique venue.


Metropolitan and Art Deco Venues Union Terminal boasts a plethora of options in their art deco appointed spaces. From exhibits spaces to their Rotunda, there are no areas that are off limits to create a wonderful experience for an couples’ special day. The Contemporary Arts Center, an internationally celebrated space, allows couples a modern feel and bragging rights! Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, CAC’s unique spaces are capable of accommodating functions from black-tie to tiedye, caviar to cookout, and everything in between. Fairfield Community Arts Center, just north of the city, also provides an ideal setting from the beautifully appointed Community Room, with its large dance floor and balcony overlooking Village Green Park, to its state- of-the art theater.


Resorts Kings Island in Mason, Ohio has been handling events for over 30 years and offers experience, professionalism, and a one of a kind venue from the rehearsal dinner to overnight accommodations. There’s something for everyone here from ballrooms to lakeside ceremony sites. Great Wolf Lodge may be rustic in nature, but their new and modern professional facilities are the perfect setting to start any couples’ new lives together. Attentive wedding planners, masterful chefs, an elegant setting, guest accommodations, and plenty of space for fun - these elements set the stage for the wedding of their dreams. Krippendorf Lodge, located at Cincinnati Nature

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Center’s Rowe Woods in Milford, provides the perfect place for you and your guests to connect with the simple serenity of nature. Built around 1899, this beautiful home has several adjoining rooms, a covered wrap-around porch and a stone terrace. The Lodge accommodates 100 guests inside and an additional 200 guests when using the porch and terrace.


Venues Specializing in Weddings Receptions Banquet Facilities have several locations making it easy to choose this venue for couples all over the tri-state area. With a large variety of menu options, bar arrangements, and room set ups, this venue truly caters to the art of weddings and receptions. The Elements Conference & Event Centre, far from your typical banquet facility, will create an elegant and memorable event with everything you need from a special bridal suite for you and your guests, to an onsite event planner, and an outstanding catering team. Mariner’s Inn offers two locations, 20 years experience, full service, and excellent cuisine. Having a wedding at Shimmers in Ft. Wright, Kentucky just across the bridge, ensures that the bride and groom will be the only couple booked on that day, which is important in knowing they’re going to get the detailed attention.


Hotel Weddings Have your wedding at The Cincinnatian, a landmark in downtown, means that a four-diamond culinary team, four-star lodging, seamless service and extensive amenities are at your fingertips to create an unrivaled event. At the famous Hilton Netherland Plaza downtown the entire hotel is a work of art. Dreams made into reality are a tradition at the Netherland Plaza, and from start to finish, the couple and their guests will enjoy outstanding personal service and special attention to every detail that makes their event unique and amazing. At the Hilton Doubletree Cincinnati Airport they are committed to making every moment memorable from the bridal luncheon to an elegant rehearsal dinner, their planners will help them create a wedding that is personalized or totally unique and from there they can jet set straight to their honeymoon! Kingsgate Marriott conference center is not only centrally located but also includes a professional staff to help the couple plan every detail offering service as distinctive as their celebration.

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Event Centers At The Bell Event Center their goal is to pair exceptional service with a breathtaking backdrop for their event. The amenities in the facility include: a cobblestone courtyard, picturesque city views, large stained glass windows, and an authentic terrazzo to bring a unique feeling to the event and photography. The Cintas Center, located on the lavish grounds at Xavier University, offers flexible function space, experienced wedding planners, and customized wedding packages. The Carnegie Event Center in Newport, Kentucky allows couples and their guests to step through the doors of time for their wedding. The facility offers old world charm married with today’s conveniences - designed for the modern bride with elegant tastes. The Madison Event center located in Covington, Kentucky has created over 10,000 events so couples choose this venue not just for their all-inclusive package. Along with this they also provide stress-free planning, quality, peace of mind, and many unique rooms from their chapel to their loft space.


Golf Getaways and Wineries Oasis Golf Club & Conference Center offers everything from breathtaking views of the golf course and a stunning outdoor patio, to every detail down to customized wedding cakes and fine china. At Pebble Creek Golf Course and Event Center you can get married in the gazebo overlooking the course lakeside and then host a reception with an executive chef tailored menu. You’ll feel like a member of a top Peterloon Foundation notch country club without paying the dues. Stonelick Hills Golf Club also offers the feeling of a country club membership on a golf course in the center of nature, located in Batavia, OH. Windows on the Green, at Hidden Creek at GE Park, offers a delightful space on the 18th hole, as well as great food and drinks and superb service. North of the city Heatherwoode Golf Club offers a first class facility closer for people living in the northern suburbs of the city. There couples can enjoy lavish charm and hospitality while receiving exceptional service and delicious cuisine. I can only imagine the events that will unfold at these remarkable establishments and I wish I could attend each and every one. Shawna Kellis Publisher, Beautiful Bride Cincinnati | 209

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Tips From the Pros

Learn from the Best.

All Day Coverage

For brides that are looking for a long lasting makeup, I always recommend to get waterproof airbrush makeup. It’s very lightweight but yet delivers full flawless coverage by minimizing skin imperfection and also creating a natural radiant glow. Brides are very happy with the results of waterproof airbrush makeup because it gives an all-day coverage and they don’t have to worry about any touchups throughout the day. – Karina Ludwig, Makeup by Karina

What It’s All About

No wedding, however well planned, is perfect. Yours won’t be, either, and that’s okay. Some things are out of your control (especially the weather) but remember; no matter what happens on your wedding day on the next day you will be married to the love of your life and that is what the day was all about! – Mary Lippert, Director of Events Events by David

Book Early

Book wedding professionals that have the reviews and expertise to ensure a great overall experience. Couples should pick a wedding photographer that fits their personality as well as style and budget criteria. Book early - keep in mind that sought after photographers have very busy schedules, so book your engagement session and appointments early. – Mandy Paige Mandy Paige Photography

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A Diamond Education

People often look for the 4 C’s (Carat, Cut, Color, Clarity) when shopping for a diamond, but there are many other factors that are just as important to consider. When choosing a jeweler, choose a company that is there to really educate you about your purchase; someone who cares for the client, not just the sale. – Phillip Bortz Jewelers Matthew Bortz

Take Time for Yourself

You have been working hard for over a year to plan the perfect wedding day. So take a few moments during your big day to stop look around and enjoy what everyone else is enjoying. YOUR Wedding Day! Take snap shots in your mind because this day will fly by so fast. – Christy Alwell Social Catering Manager Marriott RiverCenter

Vendor Cohesiveness!

If your venue provides a list of preferred vendors or if there is a one-stop shop, use them! This allows you to actually enjoy your planning process. Having vendors that work seamlessly together is a key element to your wedding. Enjoy the experience of wedding planning because it only happens once and goes by too quickly! – Nidhi Bedi Director of Sales & Marketing The Elements Conference and Event Centre

Get Personal!

Pick a theme for your wedding that is personal to your love story. If you are both teachers, have a school themed wedding. Or incorporate the places you have visited together into the wedding décor. Do not be afraid to be creative. The guests will love and remember the uniqueness of your wedding! – Jeannette Dunn Sales & Event Coordinator Cooper Creek Event Center

Choose Your Venue First

Once you’ve said YES – find a venue to impress! Put together a guest list and budget then get to work. Visit your top 3 choices and envision your wedding day at each location. Enjoy the process, you’re only engaged once! – Maura Bassman Event Specialist The Madison Event Center

Finding Your Dream Dress

Shop with a supportive entourage and limit the number of guests to as few as possible. Bring pictures of gowns you love to your appointment and anything that you want to incorporate into your look. Have fun and enjoy the special experience of finding your dream gown! – Amanda Topits Hyde Park Bridal

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Amanda Warren

Bride: Amanda Trotta Groom: Warren Nelson Wedding Date: November 2, 2012 Wedding Location: Cincinnati, OH Number of Guests: 225

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This Couple Recommends: Venue: Hilton Netherland Plaza Bridal Gown: Ian Stuart- Bridal and Formal Bridal Gown (Alterations): Kotsovos Bridesmaids Dresses: Alvina Valenta- Amanda’s Hyde Park Bridal Cake: Bonbonnerie DJ: Mark McFadden Décor (Rental): Prime Time Favors: Live Photo Booth Florist: Courtenay Lambert Hair & Makeup: 8 Village Square, a Tamra Berry Salon Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Musians (ceremony): The Yu Strings Musicians (cocktail hour): The Tom Moreno Band Officiate: Reverand Jeffrey Hosmer Photographer: Michael Bambino & Co. Photo Booth: Michael Bambino & Co. Videographer: True Artists Studio Transportation: Peppe Ramundo and Sons Venue (rehearsal dinner): Jeff Ruby’s The Precinct Wedding Planner: Tres Chic Event Planning


arren and Amanda met in college at the University of Cincinnati. They were both very active in the Greek community and crossed paths numerous times through social and community activities. “Mutual friends brought us together and we immediately cliqued,” remembers Amanda. On December 17, 2011 when they had just finished eating breakfast, with Christmas music playing in the background, “Warren got down on one knee and with tears from us both, asked me to spend my life with him!” gusts Amanda. Amanda and Warren narrowed down their wedding venue search and instantly knew the Hilton Netherland Plaza would be the ideal location. The Historical Landmark is one of the world’s finest examples of French Art Deco style. The couple chose “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw for our first dance song. “We love this song because not only are we true country music fans but we are also best friends.” Amanda’s Grandfather passed away a few years earlier from Parkinson’s disease. She was extremely close with him and chose to wrap her bouquet in one of his token handkerchiefs to have a piece of him with her on this special day. “Riding in the limo to the Hotel with our wedding party and families was one of my favorite memories of the day! We had the music cranked up and were singing and dancing and loving life!” Amanda urges bride, “take in and cherish as much as you can from the day because it will fly by!” | 213

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Marriage License Details

How Much a Marriage License Cost?

Ohio law requires a couple to obtain a marriage license in order to have a legally binding wedding ceremony. Ohio requires proof of identification and a license application fee. The marriage license application fee in Cincinnati is $45.00. Cash or credit cards (MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) are accepted. Checks are not accepted. There is an additional fee when paying with a Credit Card.

Requirements for Marriage License:

The following are the absolute minimum requirements for every applicant. Both Bride and Groom must be present at the time of application. Unless one or both of the applicants are incapacitated.  Note: They do not issue licenses to incarcerated individuals under any circumstances. The bride and groom must each have a government issued photo ID (i.e., Driver’s License, State ID, passport, VISA, etc.).

The residency of the applicants is also an issue. Ohio residents wanting to marry in Ohio, apply in the county where they reside.  Out of state residents getting married in Ohio, apply in the county in which they are getting married. The couple must get married within 60 days of our issuing the license.  While there is no blood testing or waiting period, the license does expire 60 days after issuance. The couple must swear, or affirm, that all information and testimony provided is true, correct, and complete. The couple must sign their full name (including middle name) on the actual Marriage License.

Marriage License Office & Hours: Hamilton County Probate Court Marriage License Department 230 East Ninth Street Cincinnati, Ohio (513) 946-3580

(513) 946-3590 (24 Hour Recorded Information Line) 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F

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San Diego

an Diego, California’s second-largest city, has 70 miles of

the museum row area of Balboa Park, known as the Prado. This mostly

institutions, numerous military installations, and is one of the

is romance from another era. This is evident in over two dozen, original,

beaches, a world-famous zoo, major scientific research nation’s most sought after wedding destinations.

Waterfront Weddings

The Admirral Kidd Club is located at

the Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command (NMAWC)

on Harbor Drive, and offers just that. Nothing says San Diego like being on a military base. Imagine a pictorial water view as

the backdrop to you exchanging your vows. Having your special day at the Catamaran means starting your life together in an absolutely unique

and beautiful tropical paradise. You’ll be surrounded by everything you

expect in a world-class resort; starting with picture perfect outdoor and indoor settings, the utmost in friendly personalized service, and exquisite

pedestrian mall, with the arcade walkways and Spanish Moor architecture hand-painted, wooden stencil designs on doors as well as the intricate hand stenciled ceilings and beams. The Immaculate Conception Church

is a charming little church located in the heart of historical Old Town San Diego, the birthplace of California. The organist and cantor serenade the guests beautifully and set the ambiance for a cherished and memorable occasion.


Bayside Resort Weddings

Mission Bay and Coronado

Bay, both minutes from the heart of downtown San Diego, are home to the nation’s most amazing Bayside Resorts. Celebrate the beginning of your lifelong journey together at Paradise Point,

cuisine. You’ve been wishing for a perfect wedding all of your life, and

an unrivaled San Diego wedding setting where beauty and romance

scenic venue is set on 14 acres of romantic tropical paradise. Brides can

the island’s exotic shores. The epitome of a coastal California retreat,

the Bahia Resort Hotel is the ultimate place for your dream wedding. This

choose from their elegant ballrooms overlooking Mission Bay or charming

Beachfront settings. The Hotel del Coronado is San Diego’s most famous waterfront location, providing a magical and charming backdrop for your

special day. Whether you envision a celebration that’s traditional or trend-

setting, festive or formal, intimate or grand scale, in the ballroom, garden, or right on the beach, the resort’s variety of premier outdoor wedding sites - along with their 42 beautifully decorated indoor rooms – will give you unlimited options in planning your perfect Southern California storybook wedding.


Landmark Weddings The best thing about San Diego’s beauty

is that the city is abundant in romantic and historic backdrops. Bali Hai’s spectacular views of the bay and the downtown skyline

make them the perfect location for any special event. Locals and

visitors flock to San Diego’s iconic Bali Hai Restaurant for its beautiful

views and distinctive Pacific Rim style menu. The landmark restaurant, located on the northern tip of Shelter Island, is a chic, sleek Polynesian paradise opened in 1955. Speaking of majestic, nothing gets better than

come as naturally as the swaying palms and tropical blossoms that grace

Paradise Point offers 44 acres of distinctive San Diego wedding ceremony and reception venues located on sparkling Mission Bay. Loews Coronado Bay is another beautiful bay front San Diego luxury hotel.


Marina Weddings The centerpiece of the inspiring San Diego Bay is the San Diego Marina. The Marina district is a favorite among Southern California brides-to-be.

Imagine sharing your

vows in a lush tropical garden under arching palms accented

by the musical splashing of a delicate waterfall.

The intimate garden

at Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites is a tropical paradise and the

perfect venue for your romantic marina wedding. Spectacular San Diego waterfront banquet rooms and our outdoor lawn overlook a private marina

and offer breathtaking views ideal for any reception. Unforgettable events require memorable venues. From an ocean-side garden party in the park

to a romantic ceremony at sea aboard your own private yacht, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina one-of-a-kind experiences are just right for

your once-in-a-lifetime event. With the perfect tropical wedding reception hall in San Diego, CA for a formal or casual wedding celebration, the talented and creative wedding consultants at Kona Kai Resort can plan and orchestrate your memorable day to the smallest detail.


Wildlife Weddings

With wildlife attractions throughout San

Diego, you’ll never have a shortage of new and exotic venue options to discover. Receive and celebrate with your guests in

a truly unique setting. Venues at both the San Diego Zoo and the

San Diego Zoo Safari Park provide intimate spaces that transform to fit

your theme. Beautiful surroundings, inspired culinary creations, and the calls of wildlife combine to make for a marvelously memorable reception.

Imagine taking your vows surrounded by lacy trees overlooking a vast Prado at Balboa Park

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Country Clubs

Many couples dream of marrying in a

distinctive and elegant setting that Country Clubs effortlessly

provide. Every Bride-to-Be dreams of a picture-perfect southern

California destination wedding and there’s no better place to have

your blessed event than the picturesque setting of Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa. Nestled in the breathtaking San Diego canyons, the cascading waterfalls, tranquil lakes and emerald green fairways welcome

you and your honored wedding guests to Maderas Gold Club. Whether

you are planning an intimate wedding reception with your family and closest friends, or prefer to dance the night away like never before, the Tuscan inspired ballroom and panoramic views are the ideal stage for

Ponte Winery

romantic Heart of Africa venue at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park combines a lush landscape with views of rare animals in an exotic yet elegant setting

for your special ceremony. Sea World, San Diego offers exciting, stylish and very Individual weddings! The spectacular tropical setting, together with the unique appeal that only Sea World can offer, will ensure that your Wedding reception is truly an exceptional event.


Sports Locations

creating the ideal San Diego wedding experience.



Vineyard Weddings

unforgettable, not only for the two of you but for the family

and friends gathered to celebrate with you this special

Enjoy your ceremony surrounded by lush vineyards and the rich

You’ve already hit a home-run in love, so

textures of a winery setting. It’s the

than right on the field of their favorite team? The classic Spanish

deserve a setting that exceeds your

Mar Fairgrounds are available for weddings between mid-September

Winery is an ultra-premium boutique

Hotel offers an exclusive wedding package for couples complete with a

San Pasqual Valley. Orfila produces

a full line-up of other MVP offerings! Baseball loving couples along with

from grapes grown on our hillside

San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, which is also connected via a sky-

miles from the Pacific Ocean, and is

what better way to celebrate than a sports enthusiast to celebrate

most important day of your life. You

Mission-style buildings and landscaped courtyards of the Del

expectations. Orfila Vineyards &

through mid-May each year. For the first time ever, the Omni San Diego

winery nestled in the picturesque

private wedding ceremony on the baseball diamond at PETCO Park and

award-winning Rhone-style wines

their family and friends can now enjoy the luxury hotel’s prime location in

estate located approximately 15

bridge to the Padres’ PETCO Park.

home to a magical wedding location.


Boat Weddings

A Winery is the perfect setting

for the wedding of your dreams – unique, romantic,

Celebrate your Temecula wedding

There is nothing quite like the originality

with unforgettable food and wine

exploration and adventurous atmosphere and flawless romance

outdoor patio or intimate barrel

of tying the knot “over water.” With their all-inclusive packages,

in a fully enclosed event pavilion,

ambiance, boat weddings are becoming increasingly more popular.

room. Wiens Family Cellars invites you to speak with our wedding

Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

Our own majestic Star of India is without question the most unique wedding

coordinators and discuss your ideas for a dream wedding.

sailing ship in the world. The beautiful tropical surroundings on sparkling

San Diego is the perfect destination for your Southern California wedding!

Bahia Belle. Starry skies, sparkling water and spectacular city landscapes

beautiful and memorable occasions. Whether you’re planning a formal or

gatherings are no less special.

find the perfect venue in the following pages of Beautiful Bride San Diego.

location in Southern California, if not the world. She is the oldest active

Mission Bay create the perfect backdrop for your wedding reception on the

Prestine year-round weather weather makes outdoor wedding ceremonies

set the backdrop for Hornblower’s evening wedding cruises, and daytime

casual, intimate or massive, simple or decadent wedding - you’ll be sure to


Garden Weddings

Intimate garden weddings are for the

We wish the best for your wedding planning journey and for your marriage.

bride and groom who want a simple but naturally elegant wedding

Don’t be overwhelmed with all the amazing venue options, as the venue

private garden celebration underneath the stars. Explore the

getting married at!

with minimum need for additional detail.

Imagine your own

you’re at on your wedding day, will be the venue you are suppose to be

lush manicured landscapes, winding pathways, ancient lanterns, tranquil waterfall and Koi Pond of the Japanese Friendship Garden.

We hope you send over your stories and

For over

images, and tell us about your fairytale

sixty years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San

Diego County into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays

wedding, held at the venue of your dreams.

of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields® at

Brian and Jessie Reid

of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world. The nearly fifty acres Carlsbad Ranch, in Carlsbad, California, are in bloom for approximately

Publishers, Beautiful Bride San Diego

six to eight weeks each year - from early March through early May - literally bringing the famous fields back to life. This annual burst of color, which has become part of the area’s local heritage, is also one of nature’s official

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Tips From the Pros

Learn from the Best.

Making a Lasting Impression

Wedding Invitations and the stationery set are extremely important in your planning. Remember your wedding invitation is the first reflection of your special day. It is not only the first impression you’re sending out but also your chance at a last impression, when followed by thank you cards. Your stationery set begins and ends this special and lifechanging occasion. Your set defines the lasting memories for you and your guests. – Jessica Brown Love Notes


Life is not about the moments we breathe, but the moments that take our breath away. Your wedding should be filled with moments that do just this! Spoil yourself by hiring a wedding planner to help you so that you can recognize and fully enjoy all those moments at your wedding that will take your breath away! – Yvonne Prout, Owner Samantha Robison Breanne Reese California Wedding Divas

Be Creative!

Do something different, think out of the box, and make sure that every detail has you in it. No aspect of your wedding will go unnoticed, no matter how small. Every detail from place cards to shoes should reflect the couple, theme, and style of the wedding. – Krystel Tien Couture Events

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Endless Venue Opportunities

Flow, synergy, favorite foods, textures, and colors all combine to create your unique signature style. Brunches, casual luncheons, cocktail parties and weekday weddings are all possibilities for savvy couples seeking value. Ask venues and vendors about special packages on certain dates. Do your homework, make a “vision board” to build your dream wedding, and work together in the planning.

– Tracey Amernick, CPCE

Director of Catering Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

Steps to Have Perfect Wedding Hair

There are three things that you need to do when deciding on your wedding hair. 1. Find pictures of the kinds of styles you are looking for. 2. Research stylists and find someone you are comfortable with. 3. Most importantly; DO A TRIAL. This way you can determine what you like and do not like, so the wedding day turns out perfect! – Heather Molchanoff Hot Seat Salon

Keep Your Style Timeless

A Lifetime Investment

Unlike many purchases related to the wedding day, the photography lasts far beyond the wedding day itself. When considering a photography studio view a lot of weddings that the studio has produced. That way, you can look for consistency of quality, and ensure that you truly connect with the style. Photography really is a lifetime investment to be passed through the generations!

Aaron Wolpoff CEO/Founder True Photography Weddings

Get a Vision That Will Come to Fruition

Elegance, uniqueness, exclusive settings… Set yourselves up for a successful and memorable event. Whether you’re planning an elaborate party, intimate gathering or the perfect wedding; look for scenic, enchanting, and unique locations. Always ask about alternatives and select partners and vendors that will strive to make your dreams a reality for your special occasion. – Macarena Carballo Director of Catering Bahia Resort Hotel and Evans Garage

When selecting jewelry for your bridesmaid, keep in mind that styles do change often. Choose jewelry that is classic & timeless. A simple drop necklace with diamond accents that compliment their neckline would be something to treasure and enjoy forever. Keep your look elegant, stay away from fashion jewelry with bold colors and cluster’s that make your look more casual.

Irelia Mejia Cortes Irelia Fine Jewelry

Work Hard

Get help when you need it. Brides shouldn’t be afraid to get help planning their wedding. Getting planning help doesn’t mean you can’t handle it yourself, it just means that you were smart enough to know that you

didn’t have to. – Yvonne Prout San Diego Wedding Shoppe



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on your wedding day.

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Sierra Jeffrey

Unmistakably Fateful Bride: Sierra Hedberg Groom: Jeffrey Listner Wedding Date: June 25, 2011 Wedding Location: San Diego, CA Number of Guests: 250

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This Couple Recommends: Venue: Mission Bay, near Paradise Point Bridal Gown & Alterations: The White Flower Bridal Boutique Bridesmaids Dresses: Anthropologie and Banana Republic Bachelorette Party: Vin de Syrah Cake: Marie Calendars

Florist: Cynthia Rogers (friend) Favors and Invitations: made by bride and groom Music: Dennis Howard Officiate: Craig Knudsen Photographer: Stephani Dennis Photography


pring of 2009. Jeff was living on the east coast, Sierra on the west. Simultaneously yet independent, they were being handed some of life’s most vicious and traumatic experiences. Jeff had had enough, packed up everything he could fit in his car, grabbed Pono (his dog and best man in the wedding), and drove west. Somewhere in the middle of the United States is when he decided to buy a boat and live on it. Around that same time, Sierra too had decided she was done with feeling the wrath of life and death, as her family had just lost her brother to a brain tumor. She bought herself a boat and randomly chose a marina, Half Moon Marina at Humphrey’s By the Bay, the same marina Jeff called home. “Jeff and I both needed an escape, needed to see life from a new angle, and wanted to reverse the pain,” remembers Sierra. “We both acted on a few odd decisions to do so, fell right into eachother’s way, and the rest is history.” On a snowboarding trip in January of 2011, Sierra suggested they take the lift to the very top of the mountain. “It was just he and I on the lift and he suddenly got real quiet and clammy. He started fidgeting with his snowboard pants and finally pulled out the ring saying ‘you better put this on, quick,’” says Sierra. “I could barely speak. The Jeff I first met had told me he would never get married. Two years later, he is asking me for the commitment of a lifetime.” “I have so many good memories from our wedding day it is hard to choose one. I wish it could’ve lasted forever. The beautiful weather, the beautiful guests, the love, the laughter. I remember feeling so utterly overwhelmed and amazed that it all came together and couldn’t help but cry when I had moment to look around,” says Sierra. Sierra’s advice to brides: “do what is natural to you. It’s your day, and a day that is supposed to represent you as a couple... don’t force anything that isn’t real!” | 221

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Marriage License Details

How Much a Marriage License Cost?

California law requires a couple to obtain a marriage license in order to have a legally binding wedding ceremony. California requires proof of identification and a license application fee. In San Diego it will cost you $70 for a public license and $89 for the confidential marriage license. There is no waiting period or blood tests in San Diego.

Requirements for Marriage License:

Each person must present one form of valid photo identification with proof of age. To expedite the identification process, it is recommended that both parties bring a certified copy of their birth certificate. Couples applying for a marriage license must be unmarried. Your public marriage license is effective immediately and valid for 90 days anywhere within the state of California. Once you have your marriage license the ceremony can be performed at the church of your choice, a wedding chapel, or a civil ceremony may be performed by this office. After the ceremony, the license must be returned to our office for recording. Certified copies may be purchased one week after the license is returned to our office.

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Marriage License Office & Hours:

An appointment is required to obtain a marriage license and/or civil ceremony. It is recommended to get this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your ceremony date. San Diego Recorder/Clerk Main Office County Administration Center 1600 Pacific Highway, Suite 273 San Diego, CA 92101 619.237.0502 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F Appointments only: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. / M - F San Marcos Branch Office 141 E. Carmel Street San Marcos, CA 92078 619.237.0502 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F Appointments only: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. / M - F El Cajon Branch Office 200 S. Magnolia Avenue El Cajon, CA 92020 619.237.0502 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F Appointments only: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. / M - F All offices closed for holidays. | 227

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Getting Married in...

tlanta is an ideal place to get married, with its mix of urban chic and old-fashioned Southern charm offering wedding locations to suit a range of tastes and interests. An important part of wedding planning is finding the perfect place for your ceremony, and Atlanta has a variety of picturesque ceremony locations at which you can also hold a memorable reception afterward.



Incredible Ways to Get Married in Atlanta


Country Club Weddings Many couples dream of

marrying in a distinctive and elegant setting that Country Clubs effortlessly provide. With its unparalleled skyline views, luxurious European décor, ideal location in the heart of Atlanta’s best hotels and churches, and attention to detail, The Peachtree Club is the perfect venue for the couple looking for a unique and sophisticated Wedding Reception. In the rolling hills of Canton, Georgia among hardwoods and streams, lies Woodmont Golf and Country Club, the perfect setting for a beautiful wedding. Combining a picturesque setting with first-class accommodations and service, the Georgia Club in Statham, is the perfect backdrop for hosting an elegant wedding.


Mansion Weddings Rich with Southern Charm, it’s no wonder mansions are at the top of the Atlanta bride’s venue list. Weddings in a mansion make a statement: refined elegance. Glendalough Manor is south Atlanta’s first full-service special events facility. With its spacious ballrooms and 17 acres of breathtaking gardens, this facility specializes exclusively in events and has everything you need to make your special day a success. Flint Hill is a beautifully restored circa 1835 mansion located in historic Norcross, Georgia. Gracious and


stately, beautifully decorated and furnished, Flint Hill embodies the warmth and intimacy of the South’s most romantic era. As you stroll through the authentically restored rooms and view landscaped grounds, the personality of Flint Hill unfolds. The Victoria Belle Mansion is a beautifully appointed antebellum Mansion located in Hogansville, Georgia.


North Georgia Mountain Weddings Nestled among the North Georgia Mountains, these venues redefine the typical mountain getaway. For a memorable wedding, there is no finer place. The Dillard House provides an amazing setting for weddings. The lush gardens, majestic mountains and beautiful green valleys, makes the Dillard House a lovely setting for outdoor north Georgia weddings. Indoors you may choose from a cozy, intimate room to the elegant ballroom with dance floor. Other ceremony venues are close at hand, whether it be on a mountain top, by a beautiful waterfall, in an intimate chapel or a simple country church. If you have imagined an outdoor ceremony with a breath taking mountain view as your backdrop, or a traditional chapel wedding. 74 Ranch has a 13,000 square foot lodge which over looks 1,000 acres which is perfect for an old west ranch experience. Chota Falls also offers an ideal wedding site for outdoor, country, waterfall and vineyard chapel weddings and receptions. Lastly, Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa offers 500 acres of lush backdrop setting for the perfect mountain wedding.


Southern Home Weddings One of the most romantic

location options for brides is Southern Homes. Complete with their natural charm, and adoring backdrop, this is an effortless and soft option. One of the most romantic wedding and reception sites in North Georgia, is the Bradford House and Gardens, specializing in making wedding memories flawless. The lush gardens and a sweeping canopy of hundredyear-old oak trees, at The Payne-Corley House provides a picturesque vista for your outdoor ceremony, while their ballroom sets a warm yet elegant stage for your reception celebration. The Hazelhurst House, in McDonough encourages brides to indulge in luxury being surround with lush gardens and a natural backdrop of rich history and exquisite beauty. And lastly, if you’re looking for the gracious style and charm of the old south, Rosabelle Manor is your perfect venue.



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Weddings Imagine exchanging your vows among magical lake views. The splendor of The Ridges Resort & Marina makes it a dream destination for weddings. The Red Banks Ridge Ballroom features a grand stone fireplace, windows overlooking the Lake & Mountain

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view, and timber-framed ceilings, which allows your guests for this special occasion to drink in the majesty of this beautiful area. Set upon many magnificently wooded acres near Stone Mountain in Gwinnett County, Vecoma at the Yellow River is the perfect venue for Atlanta weddings. Whether your version of an ideal ceremony is in a wooded lakeside hideaway or along a sandy beach while waves peacefully lap at the shore, Lake Lanier Islands affords you a stream of options with which to create your ideal Georgia wedding.


Garden Weddings Gardens provide a timeless and picturesque setting to say your “I Do’s” in. The Atlanta Botanical Garden will take your breath away. Natural beauty is in constant evolution at this urban oasis. Centrally located in the heart of midtown, the Garden is exquisite throughout every season. Another option is the Vines Botanical Gardens, which sits majestically in a secluded 3-acre portion of Gwinnett’s 25-acre Vines Gardens. Guests have a panoramic view of beautiful walkways, decks and Swan Lake’s walking-bridge that traverses the tranquil waters with a gazebo in the center of the lake. Magnificent imported statues are nestled along lush garden walkways. Explore the array of versatile garden settings, each unique in its ambiance.


Church Weddings Sometimes there is just nothing

prettier than a traditional Southern church wedding. Peachtree Presbyterian and Christian Churches delight in hosting weddings for their members and is eager to make your wedding one that will be remembered with deep joy. The Hospitality office and Wedding Guild will guide you through the wedding planning up to your wedding day. Come and be enamored by the beauty the Prestine Chapel Lakeside emits. With 30 acres on a private lake, enchanting gazebo and photo-friendly gardens, there is no wonder brides are delighted with this venue choice.


Sports Themed Weddings A sports themed wedding is a wedding you can have a lot of fun with. It can be as simple as you both wearing sneakers or as grand as getting married in your favorite baseball teams stadium. It is all up to you, it is your day after all. The Old Towne Athletic Club features an Elegant Grand Ballroom that will make hosting your wedding a first class event. Find your center and escape to a remarkable 300,000 sq. ft. retreat in the center of a bustling college town, which is home to the UGA Hotel & Conference Center. And what would be an Atlanta sports themed wedding without The Braves? Enjoy the fine catered meals and upscale decor at 775 Club at

Art Decor Weddings All across the country, museums of art, history, and even science are opening their doors for wedding receptions—and an increasing number of brides and grooms are discovering: There’s no better place to hold their own historic events. The Bradford Art Gallery is a beautiful facility in the heart if the Miami Circle Design District. A former art gallery with contemporary style, spacious floor plan, high ceilings and artistic lighting, this venue is the perfect blank canvas for you special day. The Le Barn Studio is an eclectic space for an artsy, non-traditional bride who is looking for amazing, enchanting fun. Whether you choose to host your Atlanta wedding ceremony in the Swan House Gardens or your wedding reception in the Grand Overlook ballroom, with its spectacular views of the Quarry Garden, the Atlanta History Center has a unique space to make your special day unforgettable.


Unique Weddings Today’s bride wants to create a wedding experience that will be remembered. The following venues will not disappoint the modern, adventurous bride and groom. If you’re looking for a reception venue that is like no other, you need look no further. The Fox Theatre is a true gem and a stunning backdrop for a wedding. The Rhodes Hall, a castle in Atlanta, is the ideal space

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for any traditional, princess bride. Guests will feel like royalty when they are hosted by this prestige award-winning venue. The Cotton Warehouse is a 6,000 square foot event space located in the heart of downtown historic Monroe Georgia. With exposed brick walls, rafters, beams and a large garden, this is a charming and unique space to hold your wedding. Atlanta is a great destination for your Georgia wedding! Pristine Southern weather makes wedding ceremonies in courts, gardens, halls and other wedding venues beautiful and memorable occasions. Whether you’re planning an outdoor or indoor wedding, you’ll be sure to find the perfect venue in the following pages of Beautiful Bride Atlanta. * I wish the best for your wedding planning journey and the years to follow. I hope you send over your stories and images, and tell me about your fairytale wedding, held at the venue of your dreams.

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Marriage License Details

How Much a Marriage License Cost? There are two sets of fees for marriage license applications. The fee is either $56.00 (without certificate*) or $26.00 (with certificate*). The application fee is waived when the couple seeking the license has completed a qualifying premarital education program. A *certificate of completion of a qualifying premarital education program in accordance with Code Section 19-330.1 must be presented for the $35.00 application fee to be waived. In some instances, other minor charges may apply. Most probate courts accept cash, checks, and money orders but some ONLY ACCEPT CASH so please call to verify whether or not you need cash.

Requirements for Marriage License: If one of the parties is a resident of Georgia, the license can be issued in any county. If neither party is a resident of Georgia, the license must be issued in the county in which the marriage ceremony is to be performed. A marriage license is issued based upon a written application made by the applicants, verified by oath of the applicants. Two valid forms of id such as drivers license, birth certificate, U. S. passport, Armed Forces ID card, or Resident Alien ID card. Applicants will also be asked to fill out a brief form.

Marriage License Office & Hours: Fulton County Probate Court 136 Pryor Street Downtown Courthouse Suite C230 Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 730-4070 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F Closed for holidays.

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Bride: MaryWynne Cleveland Groom: Tyler Lumsden Wedding Date: October 27, 2012 Wedding Location: Atlanta, GA Number of Guests: 133

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aryWynne and Tyler met at Clemson University in 2005. Into their 7 year courtship, the proposal happened!

“We were packing to go on a cruise and I stumbled across an Evan’s Jewelry paper bag. As I start pulling out the papers inside…I turned around and he there with the ring in his hand and asked if I would marry him. He had intended to propose on the cruise, but it was just as romantic!” The couple chose an off-season date for the wedding, because it was a guarantee that Tyler would be finished with his professional baseball season and it is also MaryWynne’s favorite month – “because of the weather and changing of the leaves. “We wanted a destination wedding that would not be too far for family and friends to drive, and we wanted to be able to spend quality time with our friends and relatives. Having the wedding at Brasstown Valley allowed everyone to have a weekend vacation with friends and family and never have to get in a car. There is something for everyone at Brasstown Valley Resort. During the day, our guests could enjoy golfing, the spa, swimming, hiking, horseback riding, or just sitting by a fire and reading. “We got married under an arbor. My dad made an 8 foot cross out of a pine tree and centered it under the arbor,” remembers MaryWynne. “We provided flip flops and placed them in old peach crates from my grandfather and great grandfather’s farm. I made moss covered letters that were placed above the large fireplace. My mom and I made burlap table runners and bark planters that held herbs for some of the table arrangements. Handmade watercolor leaf bookmarks were on each place setting and served as our party favors.” The ‘first look’ was something they were uncertain about, but were so happy they decided to do it. “It really was nice to have a private moment together to talk and enjoy each others’ company without people around. It also made for some amazing photos.” | 233

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Tips From the Pros

Learn from the Best.

Flawless Perfection

You’ve found your gown, now your hair! You ponder… soft, chic or sexy? Do you want decadent, simple, sophisticated or swept up with cascading tendrils? Book a talented hair sculpture expert to help you achieve you perfect hair-style to enhance your overall beauty, personality and gown. Choose a professional who will give you confidence and attention to detail, creating your mane of flawless perfection.

While makeup is nice, it is no substitute for great skin. Great skin is not something you put on – it takes time and care. One of the best ways to prep for your big day is with a series of skin peels (beginning 6 weeks before your wedding). Work with your skin care professional to create a treatment plan that will leave your complexion clear, hydrated & glowing. – Jeffrey Bell Quest Women’s Spa & Fitness Center

Michelle Murphy Exclusive Aesthetic Consultant Wedding Diva Coordinators

Someone to Focus on You

Find a personal attendant who will allow you to relax and soak up the memories of the all-important moments of your day. This can be your arbitrator, runner, communicator and anything else you instantaneously need. Select someone who is not involved directly in the wedding whether a personal friend or paid assistant. They should focus only on you! – Roxanne Armes Director of Sales Gallery Events of Atlanta/Stars and Strikes

First Look, Should We?

Couples who are concerned about not having enough time for photography between the ceremony and reception, or couples whose ceremonies end close to sundown are often choosing to do a First Look before the ceremony. It allows for stunning photos, with less rushing after the ceremony, and it’s a beautiful intimate moment between just the bride and groom. – Robin Gaucher Robin Gaucher Photography

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Beautiful Skin

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words Successful Bridal Show

Check wedding sites to see when bridal shows will be held in your area. Bring your fiancé, family, and/or wedding party, and arrive early! Be sure to bring preprinted labels that include your name, address, phone, email and wedding date. Create a temporary e-mail to be used while you are planning your wedding. Bring lots of questions for the wedding professionals, communicate your ideas and build relationships. – Donna Jakulski Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta

Beautiful Skin

Make a three to six month plan prior to your wedding day to insure your skin looks its best! A topical regiment plan can be designed specifically to target tone, pigment, hydration and more. An expert skin analysis will detail treatments such as micro current, chemical peels and medical facials to ensure beautiful skin on your wedding day. – Anna Pare’, M.D. Dermatology Consultants

Everyone likes something unique; a special gift that is made locally, a wonderful accessory to “Feather Your Nest.” Brides always deserve and appreciate experiencing their own individuality and love gifts that are “one of a kind”, just like her. When shopping for the bride, keep her in mind. Look for things that would be meaningful and special for her.

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Create Memories

As an only daughter, (four brothers!), I realized and respected that a wedding celebration was also the party of a lifetime for my parents. I gave my mom “free rein” to do those things in which she was better qualified. As mom took care of the details, I planned a unique getaway, on horses with huge hearts painted on them! This is once in a lifetime. So leave a trail of meaningful memories and enjoy the ride! – Kathy Fincher Artist, Author and Speaker

Sitting Pretty

Matte skin photographs the best because it does not reflect the light. Create a smooth finish and make sure you have powder the day of the wedding to touch up as the day goes on. Define your eyes then choose a soft neutral shade. Be sure to wear waterproof mascara. Lipstick changes color when applied so choose in advance and top it with pink or bronze lip-gloss for a shinny finish. – Teresa Schissler-Boichot Independent Beauty Consultant | 237

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Getting Married in...


our wedding ceremony and reception will be the reflection of two, unique individuals with their own taste and style, uniting as one remarkable couple. The venue you select will serve as the backdrop and ambiance, the canvas if you will, of this union. With vast vineyards, historic buildings, charming barns, five star hotels, lakeside resorts, and luxurious country clubs Central Valley California claims host of some of the country’s most memorable themed occasions. We are after all, California!



Incredible Ways to Get Married in Central Valley California


Yosemite National Park Weddings With panoramic views, waterfalls, fields of wildflowers, the spontaneity of the wildlife, flowing riverbeds, and snow capped mountains; Yosemite reflects a natural ambiance for both large, luxurious, platinum weddings, as well as charming, intimate celebrations. The Ahwahnee Hotel, renowned for its award winning dining, prestige, and elegance, hosts garden setting weddings and indoor or outdoor receptions. If it is a chapel wedding you are seeking, Yosemite’s charming Valley Chapel is just a little over one mile from the Ahwahnee Hotel. Glacier Point offers an unforgettable view of Half Dome and provides outdoor stone seating for your guests as they watch the two of you share nuptials in what can only be described as “Heavenly.” Once you have experienced this incredible area, you never want to leave.


Mountain Weddings The area is rich with wedding venue option,

both inside the park and the surrounding mountain communities. A favorite to brides is the 100 acre Paradise Springs Resort. This venue offers multiple cabins, a beautiful outdoor ceremony area, the main lodge, a waterfall, and gorgeous sunset views. Another option is the Cedar Lodge, located in El Portal, just outside of Yosemite. This venue is a rustic treasure that provides gazebo style weddings on the banks of the Merced River. The Yosemite Bug Hostel is a hidden escape for many visitors in the area. This amazing venue has created a panoramic setting for nuptials on a mountain top. The venue has many guest cabins, fine dining onsite, and evening bonfires for family entertainment.

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setting for weddings. Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch offers a beautiful garden area that promises to capture the perfect photos during the day, as well as sunset silhouettes. The Elderberry House is an iconic treasure in the Oakhurst community. While the small chapel seats only 6, a garden ceremony and reception can be hosted for up to 100 guests, or in the Grand Salon for 50 guests. At the foothills of the mighty Sierra Nevada’s calls home to Granite Dell, a spacious retreat with mystic gardens, an incredible six column pergola, a bridal cottage, and beauty at every turn. The venue is just minutes away from Lake Don Pedro and Lake McClure. Lastly, celebrate your love with Wonder Valley Ranch Resort located in Sanger, California. This beautiful venue encompasses every romantic detail you could dream of with gardens, a pond and fountain, spacious quarters and lush greens.


Luxury Platinum Weddings If it is a platinum wedding you are planning, consider five star luxury with the Grand 1401, in Fresno. This historic building provides an old world elegance that creates a stylish flair. The building itself was once a bank. The ornate embellishments throughout the venue are true testaments of its exquisite era. The Doubletree Hotel Modesto has many banquet rooms to accommodate large or intimate weddings. Renowned for their dining and ambiance, this venue delivers all of the amenities needed to create a memorable, chic event. Overlooking the 18th fairway at Copper River Country Club in Fresno rests Chateau Bleu, presented by Central Valley Historic Estates. The property spans 12 beautiful acres of sheer privacy in a French garden like setting. The estate is surrounded by views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and provides a romantic, lavish outdoor setting for up to 800 guests. Along the water’s edge of the Delta Waterway in Stockton lies the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel . The hotel offers 10,000 square feet of event space with modern amenities and fine dining menus; as well as an outdoor area overlooking the water for up to 400 guests; perfect for an afternoon wedding and evening entertainment. Walnut Grove, just north of Lodi, claims heritage to beautiful Grand Island Mansion. With a riverfront setting, this venue provides sophisticated stairways, Italian statue gardens, a stately fountain, a charming, wrought iron garden gazebo, and columned balconies throughout. If platinum is your theme, you will not want to miss this venue on your list of must-sees.


Lakeside Weddings Imagine your wedding on the beach,

overlooking glistening waters as you vow your love for one another. Eagal Lakes Resort in Stockton overlooks the beautiful San Joaquin River, where weddings are held on white sand beaches. You and 250 guests can enjoy the beach and the feeling of a desert oasis at this private venue. In the Sierra Nevada Mountains you will find serenity on the beaches of The Pines Resort at Bass Lake. The venue is well known as one of the most beautiful lake side wedding venues. The lake is encircled with gorgeous pine trees and the mountains create a haven that cradles this timeless venue. You and your guests can enjoy the hotel accommodations at the Pines, or rent one of the summer rental homes for an extended stay of water sports and leisure. Wolf Lakes Park has a reputation of one of the most elite venues in Fresno. The manicured venue provides many options of ceremony location with a serene garden setting and a lakeside pergola and pavilion that are absolutely stunning while lit in the night’s sky along the edge of the lake. Further north, if you have never been to Mammoth Lakes, you are really missing something wonderful. Nestled in the Sierra’s, rests Convict Lake Resort, a magnificent

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venue. If you love the outdoors, you will love the amenities at this venue. While fine dining and elegance are easily found inside, the beauty carries itself out the French doors, enveloping into a wonderful oasis of fresh air, high altitude, and a gorgeous lake. The beaches are well kept and the waters are crisp. With cabins and deluxe lodges available for you and your guests you will find it difficult to leave this serene secret.


Weddings on the Greens Lush greens and the pampering of a

country club is the ideal setting for today’s bride and groom. Turlock Golf & Country Club is far from the hustle and bustle of city life, but close enough to be comfortably accessible. This country club offers brides choice in either an indoor or outdoor ceremony location, exemplary service, fine dining chefs, and stunning photos to remember the day by. Fifty one miles north of Fresno lies Ahwahnee, California; home of Sierra Meadows Golf & Country Club. Imagine the beauty of panoramic mountain views, coupled with the rich greens of the course, and a rustic country club filled with splendid antique furniture. High up in the mountains you will feel a sense of oneness, surrounded by natural beauty. Indulge yourself at Brookside Country Club in Stockton. This venue exudes a lifestyle that most aspire for, with vaulted ceilings, marble floors, stone wall verandas, renowned chefs that create culinary art, and a refined staff that caters to your every need. Your wedding at Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club in Patterson will surely be a memorable affair. Their rustic inspired Canyon Room provides a glorious indoor setting, while their 36 hole greens provide a stunning backdrop for wedding day photos.


The Princess Wedding Not one, but two castles call our Central

Valley their kingdom. Kasteel Noz in Snelling is truly a castle built for royalty. Resting on 20 acres, this tranquil castle made of brick, mortar, steel, flagstone and love, provides two ponds, torch and candlelit ambiance and an unforgettable experience. The fire pit in the back of the castle is lit by a shooting arrow sent by an archer from the top of the castle to the base of the pit below. You will definitely want a horse drawn carriage for this affair. In Clovis, California resides the Clovis Castle, with two tower chambers dressed affluently in Queen Victorian era furnishings. This lavish castle is abundant with gorgeous greens, balconies, and stately charm. A royal couple will feel right at home at this intriguing castle with English hospitality extended from start to finish.


Vineyard Weddings Among the vines, many brides find romance,

elegance, and whimsical blessings for their special day. Engelmann Cellars in Fresno is perfectly located far outside of the city, adding to the luster of the venue. The owners have created an escape into vineyard Utopia. Ironstone Vineyards has been a favorite for many brides. The Wine Cave at Ironstone is famous for yielding some of the most memorable events, but it certainly doesn’t encompass all that is offered at this vineyard. They offer a wisteria lined archway that emotes pure romance for brides and grooms exchanging vows in this scented wonderland. The Garden Breezeway is adorned with waterfalls, stone walls, greenery, and the legendary cavern door. Italian charm is found at Una Bella Gionatta in Mendota. Stepping onto the cobblestone walkways is like taking an intoxicating step into an Italian garden. The grounds are whimsically adorned with statues, fountains, ivy covered archways, a brick cottage, and hundreds of acres of grape vines. It is the kind of venue you see in travel brochures, calling you to experience Italy.

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heart like no other, with rustic charm, or refined elegance; however, sometimes finding the perfect venue for such an event can be a daunting task. The best of two worlds can be found at Oak Farm Vineyards in Lodi, with rows of vineyards and a beautiful barn. Located down a private road, this venue offers the best placement for both the ceremony and reception. There is a gorgeous venue in Clovis that also offers a beautiful vineyard and barn called 3 Oaks Vineyard. In Stevinson, we found a true gem at the Double T. The entire venue is a western relic, equipped with a train, with cars dating back to the late 1800’s. The old west comes to life at the Double T barn where rows of historic buildings are erect dating this venue’s ambiance to the true Wild West. Union Hill Inn located in Sonora has a barn chapel that is absolutely stunning, as well as an additional barn, perfect for photos. This venue has many amenities including accommodations for guests, a pool, changing buildings for the bride and groom, a banquet hall, plans for an amphitheater and the Grand Pavilion. There are several ceremony locations to choose from including a heritage oak tree that is iconic in the area.


Unique Weddings Many couples seek a truly unique experience when exchanging vows. Yosemite Zipline Adventures provides couples with a heart thrilling ride as vows are exchanged zipping through the Sierras. Another great unique venue provides the perfect place for animal lovers; the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. The Fresno Chaffee Zoo has been a favorite place for families to enjoy many different species of animals. Couples have enjoyed being a main attraction at the zoo for years. The Moaning Caverns surely provide a unique wedding venue. Brides have stepped out of the box with theme and ideas while they experienced a cave wedding at the Moaning Caverns. The acoustics in the cave are probably the best heard I do’s in the world. A yacht wedding at the Downtown Stockton California Marina is a unique experience for a small guest list. California hosts some of the most contemporary, chic and stylized “Hollywood” weddings in the world. Central California has its own take on the theme and does it exceptionally well. A bride will truly feel like a Hollywood star at the Tower Theater in Fresno. In 1939 the theater opened as a Century Fox movie house and Oak Farm Vineyards Photography by: since was restored to a 1940’s art Briggs Photography deco masterpiece. The starlet bride will enjoy her own dressing room, a well lit stage and theater, a foyer covered in Italian Terazzo, and awaiting paparazzi. The venue provides not only the foyer to entertain, the Painted Table can also provide a beautiful reception for the stars and their adoring fans. Fame, beauty and love can be found at the Tower Theater and the Painted Table. Throughout the corridor of Highway 99, the heart of our Central Valley, to the skyline on the mountain tops of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, you’ll be sure to find a remarkable and perfect venue. Check out the following pages where you’ll find the best wedding professionals Central Valley has to offer, who will make this vision you are dreaming the very best day of your life. I can only imagine the events that will unfold at these remarkable establishments and I wish I could attend each and every one. Kimberly Vaughan Publisher, Beautiful Bride Central Valley | 239


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A Gift of Love Bride: Cortney Kizirian Groom: Chad Snapp Wedding Date: October 20, 2012 Wedding Location: Fresno, CA Number of Guests: 275

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This Couple Recommends: Venue: First Congregational Church Venue (Reception): Chateau Bleu Estate of Central Valley Historic Estates Bridal Gown: Madeleine’s Bridal Boutique Bridal Gown - Alterations: A Perfect Fit by Shirley Bridesmaids Dresses: Madeleine’s Bridal Boutique Cake: Cakes by Amberly Caterer: The Four Roses Décor (Rental): The Linen Shoppe & Classic Party Rentals Florist: Jodee Chavez Hair: Sylvia, Alchemy Salon

Invitations: Madeleine’s Bridal Boutique Makeup: Briana Bjornson Organist & Pianist (ceremony): Scott Horton Soloist (ceremony): Gerry Moffett Pianist & Singer (reception): Jim Lyons Officiate: Pastor Jeanette Moffett Photographer: Morgan/James Photography Programs: Shirley Lau Videographer: Peggy David Films Tuxedos: Pat’s Tuxedo Wedding Planner: Sherri Mosher, Madeleine’s Bridal Boutique


had and Cortney met on the dating website, They found it comical that as social as they are, and with many mutual friends, that they hadn’t already met. Their first date was at Yard House restaurant…and the rest is history! Chad proposed on the balcony of a family friend’s estate that overlooks the ancient landmark Morro Rock at Morro Bay, CA. Chad and Cortney decided on a short engagement. The wedding date was a result of the availability of the venues, vendors and immediate family. The couple avoided tainting the beauty of the church and estate venues by enhancing what was already the original and or natural décor. They were careful not to have the decorations be a distraction. Chad and Cortney had their “first look” at a beautiful historic Fresno City home, only two blocks from the church. They then enjoyed a private walk together to the chapel. “It was a unique and special moment for us before the ceremony,” remembers the couple. The ceremony had a more formal, traditional and genuine approach to match the setting of the church. “It was a powerful moment when it became silent for a few moments and then the organist played “Wedding March” from Lohengrin R. Wagner. That’s when light from the outside beamed in and Cortney floated down the aisle, her veil on, and father by her side. It took my breath away,” remembers Chad. After Cortney’s parents gave her away in the traditional manner, the officiate and Chad’s aunt, acted like she forgot to say something… only to say, ‘Who gives this man to this woman?’ At that point, Chad’s family in the first five pews stood up proudly, and shouted, ‘we do!’ in unison. Chad and Cortney had no idea, but it set the tone for a traditional, yet playful, and memorable ceremony. And marriage! | 241

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Central Valley How Much a Marriage License Cost?

California law requires a couple to obtain a marriage license in order to have a legally binding wedding ceremony. California requires proof of identification and a license application fee. It will cost you $49 for a public license and $69 for a confidential license. Payments can be made in cash, debit card, visa, mastercard only. No checks. There is no waiting period or blood tests in Fresno County and no appointment is necessary.

Requirements for Marriage License:

Each person must present one form of valid photo identification with proof of age. To expedite the identification process, it is recommended that both parties bring a certified copy of their birth certificate. Couples applying for a marriage license must be unmarried. Your public marriage license is effective immediately and valid for 90 days anywhere within the state of California.

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Marriage License Details

Once you have your marriage license the ceremony can be performed at the church of your choice, a wedding chapel, or a civil ceremony may be performed by this office. After the ceremony, the license must be returned to our office for recording. Certified copies may be purchased one week after the license is returned to our office.

Marriage License Office & Hours: Fresno County Register-Recorder/County Clerk 2221 Kern Street Fresno, CA 93721 559.600.2575 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F Closed for holidays.

Modesto County Stanislaus County Marriage License Office Stanislaus County ClerkRecorder 1021 I Street, Suite 101 Modesto, CA 95354 (209) 525-5250 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F Closed for holidays.

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Tips From the Pros

Learn from the Best.

A Photographers Lighting

Make sure your wedding photographer can handle all lighting conditions, not only those present on a nice sunny day. Look at images they shot after sunset and during the reception. The images of a more capable photographer will properly light not only the subjects but the scene/venue as well. The after sunset images won’t look like “flashed” mug shots. – Doug Morgan Morgan James Photography

A Flawless Fit

When considering chair covers you will need to determine what chairs you will be using, whether they are through a rental company, or through your venue. Understanding whether they are folding chairs, or banquet chairs prior to calling for pricing will not only ensure a correct quote for the service, but also a perfect chair cover fit at your event. – Diane Davison Stylish Seating

Make Her Heart Skip

Quality is everything when looking for a diamond. Find that special one that makes her heart skip a beat and her eyes sparkle. Remember no two diamonds are alike. Each is as unique as you are. Ask you local jeweler about the 4 C’s (Cut, Color, Clarity, Carat Weight) and find the one that she will love forever! – Carla Ciccarelli Ciccarelli Jewelers

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Plan Your Day Away

My first piece of advice to newly engaged couples is to work with your planner to establish your budget before you purchase items or contract with vendors. You can quickly waste a lot of money purchasing items that you end up not using or services that do not fit into your overall budget.  Plan your day and work your plan in order to better utilize your funds. – Lori Cole Wedding Designer & Consultant California Bridal Eventz

When to Order

Time is of the essence when ordering your wedding gown. Standard shipping time for bridal gowns is 14-16 weeks during off season; during the peak season (FebruaryJune) delivery can be 18-20 weeks, custom changes performed by the manufacturer will extend the delivery, and alterations can take up to 8 weeks. We encourage brides to order their wedding gowns far in advance of their wedding day. – Sherri Mosher Madeline’s Bridal Boutique

Guests Treats

An often-overlooked yet very important part of a wedding’s decor is the chairs. A gold chiavari chair can add glamour to a wedding’s atmosphere, while a white garden chair can add simple elegance to an outdoor wedding. These seemingly small details often influence a wedding’s overall feel more than the large items, so remember a guest’s treat can be an amazing seat! – Amanda Simeon EXPO Party Rentals

Be Selective

Your DJ will set the mood and keep the party going. Be very selective when choosing your DJ, by meeting them in person to find the right one. If you’re seeking a Platinum style wedding, you don’t want the “hey, hey, hey” DJ. Meeting multiple DJs to find the best suited for your event will be worth the effort as your party unfolds exactly as you hoped it would. – Todd Davis Sound Express DJs

Match it Perfectly

Color is the most important aspect of your wedding. Make sure you present your florist and decorator with a swatch of your color. With a picture, colors may appear lighter or darker than they really are. By using a swatch, the colors of your linens, table dressing, reception backdrop, flowers and bouquet ribbon can be matched perfectly. – Ailin Yadegarian Wedding & Event Consultant Yonan’s Floral

Find The Venue That Has It All

When shopping for tuxedos, look for a store that has instock merchandise. This is a big plus in assuring your gentlemen will be properly attired. You will be able to look at actual colors of accessories, try on items to assure a proper fit and see what style tuxedo would be the best compliment to the groom and his party. More importantly, a store with inventory on hand will be able to accommodate any last minute orders, changes or adjustments. – Ashley Antonio Director of Sales & catering Swan Court Conference Center

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Dollars and Sense: who pays for what? Bride ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤

Wedding ring for groom Wedding gift for groom Gifts for the bridal attendants Personal stationery Gift for her parents Gown preservation

Bride's Family ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤

Entire cost of reception and ceremony A wedding gift for the newlyweds Engagement party Bride's wedding attire Wedding consultant (if hired) The wedding invitations, thank-you notes, announcements and postage Engagement and wedding photographs Transportation for bridal party to ceremony and reception Security and insurance for gifts Bridesmaid's luncheon Flowers: Bridal bouquet and wedding party bouquets Accommodations for out-of-town bridesmaids and bride's wedding party

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Groom ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤

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The bride's ring Wedding gift for the bride The marriage license Gifts for best man, groomsmen and ushers Wedding Flowers: bride's bouquet, corsages for mothers and boutonnieres for the men in the wedding party Accommodations for out-of-town ushers, groomsmen or best man Fee for officiant Rehearsal dinner/party The honeymoon Transportation to airport Gift for his parents

Groom's Family ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤

Their traveling and hotel expenses Wedding gift for the newlyweds Rehearsal dinner

Wedding Party ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤

Wedding attire and formal wear Travel expenses to the wedding Bridal shower or bachelor party Wedding gift for the couple

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Who's in Charge? Delegate Responsibilities Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaids ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤

Plan Bridal shower and bachelorette party Keep record of all gifts received at bridal showers and parties Help the bride get dressed on wedding day Keep groom's ring before ceremony Help address wedding invitations Arrange to have bubbles, sparklers, etc as bride and groom leave the reception ( with groomsmen)

Best Man and Groomsmen ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤


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Decorations on Cars


Plan bachelor party Help the groom get dressed on wedding day Keep up with the brides's wedding ring before the cermony Help transport gifts Help seat guests prior to wedding and reception Make sure the groom has marriage license the day of the ceremony Arrange to have bubbles, sparklers, etc as bride and groom leave the reception (with groomsmen) Decorate getaway car (with bridesmaids) Phone/E-mail

Bride's Wedding Gown Groom's Tuxedo Makeup Gifts on Table (Gift Police) Guest Book Table Securing Gift Cards to Gifts Paying Officiant Aisle Runner Distributing Flowers to Relatives Delivering Bouquet to Floral Preservation Delivery/Placement of Bridal Portrait Lighting Candles Prior to Ceremony Transportation of Gifts from Reception and Ceremony

Toast & Announcing the Couple Cake Knife & Cutting Cake Toast Reception Decorations Bringing Marriage License Send Off Toast to Bride & Groom | 251

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Wedding Day: Schedule & Emergency Kit Before Ceremony Time _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______

_______Wake up _______Eat breakfast _______Bridesmaids arrive _______Photographer arrives _______Hairstyle appointment _______Make-up appointment _______Get dressed _______Flowers delivered _______Transportation arrives _______Leave for ceremony

Ceremony Time _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______

_______Florist arrives _______Musicians arrive _______Photographer arrives _______Videographer arrives _______Begin seating guests _______Bridal party arrives _______Groom's party arrives _______Processional begins _______Ceremony begins _______Photo session at ceremony cite _______Leave for reception

Reception Time _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______

_______Florist arrives _______DJ/Band arrives _______Equipment/tables set up _______Guests arrive _______Refreshments/cocktail hour begins _______Wedding party arrives _______Receive line forms _______Food service begins _______Toasts _______First dance _______Cake cutting _______Bouquet and garter toss _______Transportation arrive _______Bride and Groom leave

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Emergency Kit: Murphy's Law states that if anything can go wrong, it will-at the wot·st possible moment. But you can break Murphy's Law on your wedding day by being prepared fot· unexpected emergencies. By putting together an emergency kit, you can save time, energy and most importantly, your sanity should something start to go wrong. To create your wedding day emergency kit, decorate a box or basket in coordinating wedding colors. As you think of all the possible things that could solve your wedding day emergencies, collect the items and put them in your box or basket. Before you know it, you'll be more than prepared. Some of the items are available in travel sizes for convenience. This emergency kit also makes a creative gift.

Starter List of Supplies ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤

Nail polish - one bottle in your color and one bottle of clear Nail files and trimmers Anti-static cling spray Lint roller and spot remover Mirror, brush, comb, hairspray, bobby pins Oil absorbing sheets Wrinkle releaser Deodorant, perfume and body lotion Extra blush, waterproof mascara, eye shadow, lipstick, powder Cotton swabs tissues, handy wipes, cotton balls Hair dryer, curling iron, flat iron Sanitary needs Band-Aids and first aid kit Telephone numbers of all members in the wedding party Telephone list of vendors including backups in case one cancels Antacids, aspirin, allergy medicine Sewing kit, matching thread, extra buttons, scissors, safety pins Hand soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash Contact lens supplies Back-up shoes in case your strap/heel breaks Lite snack and bottled water

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Being organized on your wedding day has never been easier! Keep all of your vendor contacts in one easy to find location. Ceremony________________________________________________________ Location:_________________________________________________________ Address:_________________________________________________________ Contact & Phone:__________________________________________________ Email: ___________________________________________________________ Rehearsal Date & Time______________________________________________

Things to Remember ¤¤ Ceremony Location ¤¤ Date availability ¤¤ Fees ¤¤ Number of guests it can accommodate ¤¤ Cancellation policy ¤¤ Changing/Dressing room ¤¤ Rental fee


Venue name:_______________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________________ Contact:___________________________________________________ Phone Number:_____________________________________________ Email: ____________________________________________________ Website:___________________________________________________

Reception Location ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤

Check restroom facility Coat check Date availability

Distance from ceremony Gratuities and taxes Maximum capacity Overtime charges Postponement or cancellation policy Rental fee Wait staff What is included in fee

Reception rentals ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤

Bar equipment Bartenders Chair covers China Cutlery Dance floor

Heaters/Air conditioner Lighting Linens Serving trays and dishes Stage Tables/chairs Tent Valet arrangements Wait staff


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Company:_______________________________________________________ Address:________________________________________________________ Contact & Phone number:___________________________________________ Website:_________________________________________________________ Items ordered:____________________________________________________ Delivery time:_____________________________________________________


Company name:__________________________________________________ Address:________________________________________________________ Contact & phone number:___________________________________________ Email:___________________________________________________________ Website:_________________________________________________________ Items ordered:____________________________________________________ Bridal cake: (1) flavor, (2) icing, (3) tiers________________________________ Groom’s cake: (1) flavor, (2) icing_____________________________________ Number of people will feed:__________________________________________ Delivery time:_____________________________________________________

Wedding Consultant/Planner

Name:__________________________________________________________ Address:________________________________________________________ Phone number(s):_________________________________________________ Email:___________________________________________________________ Website:_________________________________________________________ Responsibilities:___________________________________________________


Company name:__________________________________________________ Address:________________________________________________________ Contact & Phone number:___________________________________________ Email:___________________________________________________________ Arrival time:______________________________________________________


Company name:__________________________________________________ Address:________________________________________________________ Contact & Phone number:___________________________________________ Email:___________________________________________________________ Arrival time:______________________________________________________ Song List:_______________________________________________________

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Caterer ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤

Availability of beverages – alcoholic & non-alcoholic Cake cutting fee Corking fee Cost per guest Dessert table policy Menu Per-drink tab arrangement Servers Special meals for restricted diets What cost includes


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Contact & Phone number:___________________________________

Contact & Phone number:_________________________________







Items ordered:____________________________________________

Items ordered:__________________________________________

Arrival time:______________________________________________

Arrival time:____________________________________________

Pick up date:_____________________________________________

Pick up date:___________________________________________

Company name:__________________________________________

Company name:________________________________________


_______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________

Photographer & Videographer Bride: ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤

Dressing/Preparing for ceremony Full-length solo With parents – together and separately With grandparents With sibling(s) With maid/matron of honor With bridesmaids With groomsmen With ring bearer / flower girl

Groom: ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤

Dressing/Preparing for ceremony Full-length solo With parents – together and separately With grandparents With sibling(s) With best man With bridesmaids With groomsmen

Attendants: ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤

Bridesmaids and groomsmen Dressing/Preparing for ceremony Outside venue

Ceremony: ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤

Parents being seated Bridesmaids walking down aisle Ringer bearer/flower girl walking down aisle Bride and escort walking down aisle Bride’s hand given to the groom Exchanging vows Ring ceremony Wedding kiss Recessional Formal of bride and groom Newlyweds with parents

Reception: ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤ ¤¤

Receiving line – guests and bridal party Cake table Cake cutting & feeding Toasts – best man and maid/matron of honor Musicians Newlyweds’ first dance Dance with parents Guests dancing Bride tossing bouquet Groom retrieving garter Groom tossing garter Catching of bouquet & garter Newlyweds’ departure Post-reception party

Newlyweds with bridal party

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